Originally titled Relatos Salvajes, this BAFTA award-winning film by Argentinian director Damián Szifrón explores six short stories, all underpinned by a theme of revenge. Starring the likes of Ricardo Darín and Erica Rivas, these outrageous tales involve characters whose patience is tested in the most absurd of ways, resulting in disaster. Szifrón does not hesitate to shock viewers from the start with the far-fetched revenge plots.
What truly makes this film incredible is the acting in each story. The performances are captivating yet hilarious. Darín’s character in the fourth story makes me feel sympathetic towards him and despite his criminal actions I am still left rooting for him at the end. The final and perhaps more entertaining segment of the film is the story a newly-wed couple whose infidelity comes to light at the wedding reception. After initially being shocked and upset, Romina’s (Erica Rivas) wedding takes a turn for the worse as her behaviour turns destructive.
Overall, Wild Tales is an extremely entertaining and funny film that will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a refreshingly original piece of cinema hailing from Latin America and a must-see for those who are tired of the endlessly predictable films that Hollywood always churns out.