Sundance Film Review: Wild Tales

Posted January 29, 2015 in
Wild Tales
Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn. Film: Wild Tales, Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Wild Tales
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Damián Szifrón

Wild Tales comprises short, potentially stand-alone films that explore morbid and/or grave, realistic situational irony and revenge … and it’s fucking hilarious. Argentinian Director Damián Szifrón executes this anthology film with panache as characters who’ve been shit on in life—whether it be monumental or minute—either exact vengeance or await death’s scythe. The opening chapter finds each passenger on a plane having known the pilot Pasternak whom, at some point in the past, they’ve wronged unduly. Another short features an explosives engineer, Simón Fisher (Ricardo Darín), who, no matter where he parks, constantly finds his blue Chevrolet having been towed (read: explosives engineer). The final segment takes the cake, as Romina (Erica Rivas, who performs impeccably) finds that her newlywed, Ariel (Diego Gentile), cheated on her with one of the wedding guests present at the reception. With plenty of style in its compilation-of-shorts form and relatable, “Ain’t it the truth?” content, Wild Tales avoids overly lofty expression and opts for an accessible film with undeniable taste. ¡Bravo! –Alexander Ortega

Screening Times:
Time: Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 9 p.m. Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room, Sundance Mountain Resort