Two kids of about eleven are in a showdown in a local park. One stronger and "armed with a stick" has injured the other. The conflict ends with blood, swollen lips and broken teeth. Now the parents of the "victim", Penelope and Michael, have invited the parents of the "bully", Nancy and Alan, to their apartment in Brooklyn, to sort it out. Penelope, a forward-thinking woman who is writing a book about the Darfur tragedy, would like to settle the matter in a civilized manner, without acrimony. Michael, who sells bathroom fixtures, Nancy, the seemingly demure financial advisor and Alan, a busy lawyer whose cell phone never stops, would all like to honor Penelope’s good intentions. But not for exactly the same reasons and not at any price. Battle lines are constantly redrawn, until each in turn reveals what lies just beneath the surface. All four parents reveal their most fundamental contradictions on what will ultimately prove to be the worst day of their lives.
Roman Polanski (b. 1933 in Paris, France) is known for such masterpieces as "Knife in the Water", "Repulsion", "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown". In 2002, "The Pianist", his unsentimental account of courage and survival in the Warsaw Ghetto, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and three Academy Awards, including Best Director. In 2010 his political thriller "The Ghost Writer" took six European Film Academy Awards. In 2011 he collected lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival and said that it is “better late than never".
Selected filmography: "Knife in the Water" (1962), "Repulsion" (1965), “Dance of the Vampires" (1967), "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), "Macbeth" (1971), "Chinatown" (1974), "The Tenant" (1976), "Tess" (1979), "Pirates" (1986), "Frantic" (1988), "Bitter Moon" (1992), "The Ninth Gate" (1999, released in Lithuania), "The Pianist" (2002, released in Lithuania), "Oliver Twist" (2005, released in Lithuania), "The Ghost Writer" (2010, released in Lithuania), "Carnage" (2011, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain
- Runtime: 79 min.
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Screenwriters: Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski
- Actors: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
- Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd
- Cinematographer: Pawel Edelman
- Company: BigSales / Wild Bunch
- Dialogs: English
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: T
- IMDB rating: 7.1