Excessive, unsettling, cathartic, the Argentine film Wild Tales aims for nothing less. Damian Szifron’s Oscar nominated movie opens in Dallas theatres on March 13th., posing the puzzling question… what if we loose control, what if we forget our good boys and girls behavior, what if we forsake the rules, what if. Warning it’s not for the faint of heart.
There is nothing subtle about Wild Tales. From its beginning it will punch in the face, it will stir your guts, it will drag you down on a frantic, fragmentary encounter with human nature.
Szifron stories have regular settings: a plane, a small town restaurant, a road to nowhere; his characters appear common as well: a music critic, a waitress, an engineer, a bride. They face everyday challenges: a car towed, a rude costumer, road rage, a betraying boyfriend… things that happen to all of us. That’s the lure. For 120 minutes we are witness, accomplices of these irrational, savage reactions. They are crude, but tantalizing.
One can’t help to identify with the poor guy whose car was towed and faces the corrupt bureaucratic system; or the waiter mistreated by a rude aspiring politician… or finding out about your cheating boyfriend. Then, comes the shock. They do what somewhere deep inside us, we all have wished, imagined but never dared.
But don’t worry, Wild Tales is not a heavy movie, nor a horror one, it is after all a comedy. Szifron’s black sense of humor redeems every story with a twist that let’s you breathe while you wait for the next one. He has done a great job reminding us that we are all wild inside.
I admit, I might be biased, I’m Argentine and I’d followed Damian Szifron’s career since he created Los Simuladores (The Pretenders). The series huge success lead to remakes in Mexico, Spain and Russia. Rumor has it the TNT Leverage show has more than one similarity.
We met back in my hometown Cordoba, when he was promoting his second long feature film Tiempo de Valientes (On Probation). He was very nice and approachable; we had our interview over ice cream. So when I found out his third movie was selected for Cannes, produced by Almodovar, had great reviews and then selected for the Oscars, I was thrilled. I bet, I crossed fingers hopping he would win, he didn’t. Nevertheless it is a fantastic film; original, smart, and provocative. It finally arrives to Dallas on March 13th, you should watch it… if you dare.