Take four of the best actors working today, throw them into a room and let the cameras roll. That seems to be the claustrophobic vibe director Roman Polanski is going for in his film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who meet for an awkward, civil discussion that soon devolves into madness. It’s scheduled to open December 16. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Thanks to Yahoo Movies for this trailer, which sort of looks like a more happy-go-lucky (or at least more palatable) take on the Funny Games trailer from a few years back. It’s different from the one we ran a few months back, too.

Here’s the plot description of the movie. Be careful reading other ones online, as they’re likely from the play and contain spoilers. This one is spoiler-free though:

After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the “victim” invite the parents of the “bully” over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of child rearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.

Carnage opened this year’s New York Film Festival, as well as a few others, to generally good reviews (as of press time, it had 15 out of 16 positives on Rotten Tomatoes) so, if all goes according to Sony Pictures Classics’ plan, this film – with such a star studded cast and crew from top to bottom – will likely be an Oscar contender. Does it have that vibe for you?

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