Wild tales (Relatos salvajes)

Wild tales is a collection of six stories who are connected only by its common theme : The world is a dark and awful place, let’s have fun! The film is assured to be an audience favorite no matter where it plays. So far, it is the best film I saw in 2015. Argentine director-screenwriter Damián Szifrón has a vivid imagination with a devilish view of human nature. Here are some example. In the opening short story, “Pasternak”, a young woman boards a plane, and find that every other passengers knew Pasternak, her ex-boyfriend. In another one called “The rats”, a waitress recognizes the usurer who ruined her family. The cook working with her wants to put rat poison in his food. “Little bomb” features a demolition experts who becomes frustrated when his car is towed and he has to pay the parking ticket. My favorite story is “The strongest”. It’s about the stupidity of road rage and two men battling it out to the extreme. I was literally roaring with laughter, amazed by its cleverness. I say ‘my favorite’, but I they are all perfect little films, perfectly developed, Szifrón unexpectedly sending his characters to outrageous places. We never see it coming. An impressive ensemble cast and the technical support (including an excellent score by Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla) also contribute to the success of Wild tales. The last story is “Until death do us part”. A wedding reception goes to hell when the bride finds out her new husband was having an affair with one of the guess. At least Wild tales ends with a romantic image…well, sort of. This the most fun I’ve had at the movies in years.

And the Oscar went to… Although Wild tales was nominated as Foreign language film, it unfortunately lost to Ida from Poland.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Wild tales (Relatos salvajes)

Directed by:
Damián Szifrón
Screenplay by:
Damián Szifrón
Ricardo Darín
Óscar Martinez
Leonardo Sbaraglia
Érica Rivas
Rita Cortese
Julieta Zylberberg
Darío Grandinetti
122 min.
Rated 14A
In Spanish with English subtitles

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