Zachary’s parents, Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet) are at the home of the Longstreets, Michael (John C. Reilly) and Penelope (Jodie Foster) in order to attempt reaching a civil resolve and to make sure that an incident like this does not reoccur. Yet, from the get-go, it is very clear that both sides are only concerned in a superficial manner. As the day wears on, the four ‘adults’ exhibit an ever increasing level of childish behaviour; the thin mask of parental civility waning.
Polanski offers up a delicious treat about manners and social decorums among two couples where none exists.
Polanski propose une délicieuse gâterie sur les manières et décorums sociales entre les deux couples lorsqu’il n'en existe pas.