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TIFF 2014: Wild Tales – Capsule Review

By September 2, 2014 One Comment

Director: Damian Szifron
Actors: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese
Writer: Damian Szifron
Country: Argentina / Spain
Runtime: 122 min
Rating: 14A

Wild Tales (2014) from Damian Szifron is a collection of short films connected by theme and tone as opposed to narrative. These stories feature shocking violence and razor-sharp humour in situations that often begin as plausible before spiralling into the realm of out-of-control, as Szifron depicts a world that we believe could easily exist. Szifron offers up six stories that take place in modern Argentina, a bizarre country if this film is to be believed. This director clearly has an eye for irony, which creates much of the pitch-black humour of his film. He also enjoys playing with sound, often opening and closing his shorts with deceptively cheerful Argentinian tunes but using eerie music throughout, ominously creating suspense and foreshadowing the explosion of violence the audience has come to expect. The ensemble cast adopts a no-holds-barred approach to their over-the-top characters, and these tales are no less funny for their eventual ridiculousness. Indeed, many even conclude with a twisted yet happy – or at least just – ending. Wild Tales is a non-traditional film that may appear to be a collection of shorts, but which paints an overall portrait of a society through the cynical eyes of its director. The result is a very funny and slightly disturbing work that is sure to leave one laughing, in between the shudders.

Overall Rating: 7.6 / 10

Talia C.

Talia C.

Talia is a film fanatic proudly working in the Canadian publishing industry. She loves movies of all kinds, but recommends that you read the book first.

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