Thursday, February 26, 2015

Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) (2014)

Director: Damian Szifron
Writer:    Damian Szifron
Cast:       Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull, Monica Villa, Ricardo Darin
Language: Spanish

It is an Argentine-Spanish anthology film, composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. Film was co-produced by Pedro Amodovar and Augustin Almodavar.

The stories get better and better one by one with all of them are hilarious. The first one has the surprise element since we don't know what the film is about and is kind of a thought exercise. The second one also retains the surprise since we think it is some sort of back-story to first one only to realize that it is an anthology. Second one is the weakest of all the stories. First two are about revenge for past deeds while the next two are about reaction to things that happen presently when people just lose their shit when things happen to their automobiles. Fourth and fifth are the most we in the developing world can relate to since it involves corruption with the latter being about a hit-run case by a rich guy. The last one is about a wedding between two people from rich families and it is something that makes George R. R. Martin's 'Red Wedding' appear mild. I don't know whether it was significantly longer than the others but it had so many twists and turns that I felt it could have been a feature length film by itself thus ending the whole affair on a very high note. It also reminded me of Vinterberg's 'Festen'. 

It was included in the official selection at the Cannes where it received a ten minute standing ovation after the screening. It was also nominated at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Picture film category, thus becoming the seventh Argentine film to be nominated thus far with the last three involving the excellent Ricardo Darin. I guess this is the best Argentine film I have seen so far but is a selection from a small sample with other two alos being Ricardo Darin films-Secret in their Eyes and Nine Queens.

Rating: 5/5