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Wild Tales | Leonardo Sbaraglia, Walter Donado, Julieta Zylberberg, Rita Cortese, Cesar Bordon, Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Erica Rivas, Diego Gentile | Review

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4sm The Flick Chicks movie rating for this film is GOOD Judy Thorburn

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4lg The Flick Chicks movie rating for this film is GOOD

 

Wild Tales

Argentine writer/director Damian Szifron's Oscar nominated foreign language film (produced by Pedro Almodóvar) explores the dark side of the human condition in today's demanding world by way of six different short stories linked by a common theme, revenge.

Each tale boasts a superb cast of Argentine actors as well as impressive cinematography by Javier Julia and a terrific soundtrack by Guatavo Santaolalla.   The opening tale is the shortest,  featuring a planeload of passengers who discover they share a connection that results in disaster.  The next tale focuses on two equally headstrong men of different social classes (Leonardo Sbaraglia and Walter Donado) who engage in a deadly game of roadrage that escalates into outrageous and tragic consequences. Another revolves around a mild mannered waitress (Julieta Zylberberg), a cook (Rita Cortese) and a gangster customer (Cesar Bordon) that is served a juicy piece of vengeance for a past crime.  The fourth follows a demolitions expert (Ricardo Darin) who is fed up with fighting the system, corporate bureaucracy and injustice, and turns to an act of violence. The fifth is about a wealthy man's (Oscar Martinez) attempt to buy his son out of trouble after he committed a hit and run accident that left a pregnant woman and her unborn baby dead.  The final story takes place at a wedding reception where the bride (Erica Rivas) becomes unglued after finding out her new hubby (Diego Gentile) had slept with one of the guests.

Szifron has masterfully crafted a series of tales that offer up a mix of violence, tragedy and twisted, dark humor in which someone is pushed over their limit, loses control and snaps.  Unpredictable and at times shocking, these stories involve pent up frustration, resentment, jealousy, and injustice, that leads to various forms of cathartic vengeance and destruction that Szifrón describes as “the undeniable pleasure of losing control”.

Universal audiences will find these stories relatable, since one time or another everyone has felt they've been treated unjustly by the system or another human being and have secretly dreamt of getting even, but due to good morals and common sense, know better.  Wild Tales gives you the chance to live vicariously through these characters and their stories that draw you in and never ceases to lose interest.

To sum it up, the perfectly titled Wild Tales is a wild, razor sharp, satirical ride in which unforeseen twists and surprises help to create a unique and wickedly entertaining movie experience. Let me add, calling this film a “guilty pleasure” would certainly be fitting.

 

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