Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Wild Tales - Film Review (Spanish Film Festival 2015)

Home > Brisbane > Cultural Events | Fun Things To Do | Cinema | Film Reviews
by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Event: -
Go Wild - Black Comedy At Its Absolute Best
Copyright 2015 © Spanish Film Festival.

Catharsis, vengeance and destruction are the binding themes behind the series of short stories in Wild Tales.

Before you decide this is not the movie for you, I have to tell you that it is also unique and one of the funniest movies around.

I love a movie that makes me think afterwards, therefore Wild Tales rates very highly in my books. It has raised, but not answered, a number of questions for me.

What would tip me, a generally passive and caring person, over the edge to react violently against another person?
What emotions would I feel if revenge had dealt me a violent hand? Would they be strong enough to fight back?
Is revenge justified if social justice is served?
Is there such thing as 'sweet revenge'?
Is revenge ever really worth it in the end?

Each vignette in Wild Tales is about everyday individuals who, in the face of real life frustrations, grief, resentment, indignation and humiliation, lose control. A deadly case of road rage, a wedding gone perversely wrong, accidental manslaughter…potentially everyday possibilities in which the darkest side of good people emerge… perhaps, understandably.

Faced with the same scenarios some people might be submissive, others assertive and yet others shift into aggressive mode… out to kill! The distraught characters react in ways that others might only imagine or wish they could act.

These compelling vignettes present a new take on good versus evil, where evil can triumph. Rage shows no mercy or fear of the consequences. And, after all in real life, happy endings don't always exist.

Wild Tales will have you boarding an explosive roller coaster. Experience the wild ride of passion, intensity and vehemence of the best of Spanish films. Be prepared for the unexpected with more twists and turns and dangerous jagged edges than a barb wire fence.

The movie reminds us what it's like to be human. In Wild Tales the characters cross a very thin line that divides civilization from barbarism. I confess that during one scene when there was absolute silence in the theatre I screamed out 'Oh shit'. I'm not a regular swearer and I've never done that before but the shattered suspense had transported me to a fearful place. If I was any closer to the characters then I would have actually been there.

In Wild Tales six totally different scenarios present everyday people, with jobs, families, lives to look forward to… who are driven mad by their circumstance resulting in them taking extreme actions into their own hands causing hilarious and horrific consequences.

Wild Tales compels us to ask ourselves: if you had two options in such circumstances would you take it or do something about it? This film is quirky, black, comedic and times petrifying but it's impossible not to watch in awe.

This film is in Spanish with English subtitles but I didn't find it distracting in any way.

If you have never seen an international film you must consider starting with Wild Tales but it would be a shame to leave it until the closing night of the Spanish Film Festival. Spanish Affair will be shown on the opening night. This comedic tale was Spain's biggest box office hit which was seen by over 2 million people in the first fortnight after its release. In contrast Marshland, The winner of 10 Goya awards is a compelling drama not to be missed.

The 2015 Spanish Film Festivals full program is sure to pack a saucy punch…. in the nicest possible way! I cannot recommend Wild Tales more highly but be warned - it's hard to get it out of your head. Put this on the top of your list of Must See Movies this year.


Wild tales has been selected, nominated and received many awards including:
Cannes film Festival 2014
Terruride film festival 2014
Toronto international film Festival 2014

 Best Foreign Film In The Spanish Language – Goya Awards 2015
10 Awards Of The Argentine Academy Including Best Film/Director
Best Foreign Language Film – National Board Of Review
Audience Award, Best Actress - Biarritz International Festival 2014


Best Foreign Language Film – Academy Awards 2015

Nominated for best foreign-language film at the recent Academy Awards


Sunday 10 May 6:45pm
Sunday 10 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT
Sunday 10 May 7:00pm

Wednesday 6 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT

Wednesday 6 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT

Thursday 7 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT

Sunday 10 May 7:00pm
Sunday 10 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT

Wednesday 13 May 6:00pm FILM ONLY

Wednesday 13 May 6:45pm FILM ONLY
Wednesday 13 May 7:00pm

Wednesday 20 May 7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  69
*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? A compelling black comedy
When: Selected cinemas
Cost: Check with local cinema
Your Comment
The film is from Argentina, not Spain.
by sdfgh (score: 0|2) 1476 days ago
Articles from other cities
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles