Wild Tales is an absolutely brilliant Argentinian movie of unfathomable reactions to situations, by people who are pushed a little over the edge.
Spanish movie Wild Tales: Source: Wikipedia
The movie is a collection of 6 stories, an anthology. Every one of the 6 stories brings about a situation that causes the protagonist to lose control and avenge the wrong-doer. There is the obvious path that one can take or perhaps walk away from it all, however writer and director Damián Szifrón, takes the story of revenge one notch up to a whole different level.
There is comedy, there is drama, there is passion and violence and it's all conjuring up for an exciting and unimaginable twist in each tale. The most exciting part of each story is each individual's tipping point - just how far will they go. Damian's screenplay is so brilliant that each story just enacts itself. Be it the disgruntled lover and professional failure who wants to down a plane for revenge, or the affluent Audi driver who swears at a slow moving car on the fast lane just to have his car break down a few miles ahead, or the engineer who's car gets towed away on his daughter's birthday, all the characters seem to be in perfectly normal everyday situations till they decide they have had enough.
To be able to tell 6 whole stories in under 120 minutes is a feat in itself. Dialogues and editing are clear winners. The cinema watchers are constantly reacting to the movie with loud gasping noises and roaring laughter.
I couldn't possibly pick one story I liked best. The first one is a really short one about 'Gabriel Pasternak' and a plane full of his friends (each one being there is no co-incidence) and it just sets the whole movie into motion and brings everyone to the edge of their seats. The wedding story of Erica Rivas, who plays Romina & Diego Gentile as Ariel possibly provided the most laughs. Their wedding party turns into chaos when Ariel admits the pretty girl at the table was his ex-girlfriend. There is a love-hate relationship between the 2 beyond this point and the rest of the story-telling is insanely clever.
Every one of the stories is unpredictable and the characters are unwavering risk takers. When it's payback time they leave no stone un-turned.
The movie releases across Australian cinemas on 21st May 2015. It's in Spanish language with English subtitles. It was nominated under the Best foreign language film category at the Academy Awards and has been part of the official selection of several film festivals over the last year.