Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wild Tales

Six shorts involving people cast into extreme situations: passengers on a plane realize they all have one thing in common; a waitress serves the gangster who killed her family and is tempted to murder; a case of road rage between two bullheaded motorists on a desolate stretch of highway continues to escalate; a demolitions expert goes to war with the parking bureau; an entrepreneur tries to pay off his housekeeper to take the wrap for his son's deadly hit skip; a bride learns she has been betrayed on her wedding night. From Argentina, Damian Szifron's Wild Tales is  darkly funny, undemanding, and competently made but is little more in terms of continuity than a well assembled shorts program, and one that is fashioned in a manner catering to twist frenzied audiences. The best entries appear early on in the picture.
*** out ****