(out of 5)

Original title:  Carnages

A large ensemble cast of characters are tied by a tenuous thread in this French/Spanish take on Magnolia. The connection here is the carcass of a bull that gored its opponent in the ring before being chopped up and distributed throughout Europe.  stands out as an aspiring actress who sells the bull’s bones in a grocery store to a couple whose daughter watched the fight on television.  plays a woman who eats the bull’s meat at a restaurant while visiting her daughter in France and is reconnected with a former lover thanks to a switched plate. A taxidermist whose wife is pregnant with quintuplets uses the body in his work between trysts with another woman, and a rare antiques collector is given the horns as a present by his aging mother. The film’s choicer moments are outweighed by less impressive ones, and the connections between the stories are far too frail to make it feel like one cohesive story, but the acting is strong (even when the characters aren’t particularly interesting or sympathetic).

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France/Belgium/Spain/Switzerland, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Delphine Gleize

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by , ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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