Wild Tales is a 2014 Argentine black comedy-drama written and directed by Damian Szifron and starring an ensemble cast of Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, music by Gustavo Santaolalla, screenplay by Damian Szifron and produced by Agustin Almodovar, Pedro Almodovar, Hugo Sigman, Matlas Mosteirin, and Esther Garcia.
From Christian Blauvelt’s review for the BBC:
You thought Kill Bill contained the most horrific wedding scene you’ve ever watched on the big screen? Consider Wild Tales, a new movie by Argentine director Damian Szifrón, which collects six short films about violence and vengeance, each carrying a distinct surrealist edge. One story presents nuptials that become a kind of Dalí-esque hostage situation. And the five other shorts are every bit as explosive, offering snapshots of people whose behaviour is pushed to the extreme, who lash out against society in bizarre ways.
“I think that our nature tends to be kind and warm with each other, but when somebody bothers you, our nature is to react and defend yourself,” Szifrón says. “Sometimes in this step of evolution or the civilization that we are in, we repress a lot. We have the ability to repress our instincts… So the pleasure of not repressing, when it comes, you can see, you can feel it. Through these characters I think the audience can connect with that. That’s why they laugh, because they understand that pleasure.”
The stories in Wild Tales are universal and transcend the language in which they’re told. Recognising this accessibility, Sony Pictures Classics has already announced plans to distribute the film. For Talking Movies, Christian Blauvelt reports on how the feature has wowed audiences at Cannes and Toronto, and why viewers may recognise a little bit of themselves in it.
Go see it…..you will thank me and please do write your comments, which I wholeheartedly welcome.
This film was my favorite at the FILMCOLUMBIA festival, I encourage you to see this film as soon as it opens in theaters!