Flash Movie Review: Wild Tales

Anger is not something that leaves by its own free will. It does not get swept out of us like grains of sand with the evening tide. One needs to acknowledge it and devise a plan where it can safely leave the body. There are some people who are able to devote only a small amount of energy to their anger. They are able to sidestep the land mines that anger places before them. Then there are other individuals who store their anger in what they believe to be a reinforced tough vault deep inside of them, thinking they will come back to deal with the brooding anger at a later date. However, what tends to happen here is at some point a new flare-up of anger will spark the vault of stored anger into such a fireball that it will burst out of the individual like a volcano blasting through its cap, covering anyone close by. I am more familiar with this type of anger having experienced it in both my work and personal life. As a passenger in the backseat of a car I witnessed the driver exploding into anger when another car coming from the opposite direction knocked off their side mirror. In the middle of traffic our driver did a U-turn that forced the back end of the car to clip the retaining wall as oncoming traffic tried to veer out of the way. If you cannot relate to the anger I just described then there may be a possibility you will not get as much out of this hilarious comedy.    EMOTIONS that got out of control fueled the characters to do irrational acts in the separate short stories of this Oscar nominated and film festival winning film from Argentina. With part of the cast including Dario Grandinetti (The Dark Side of the Heart, Talk to Her) as Salgado, Maria Marull (The Bottom of the Sea, Antes del estreno) as Isabel and Monica Villa (The Holy Girl, I Don’t Want to Talk About it) as Profesora Leguizamon; I was enthralled by each character in the multiple stories. There were so many scenes that were charged with outrageous behaviors that it would be hard to say if I enjoyed one story more than another. Each of them took an everyday occurrence and because of circumstances blew it out of proportion. I was thoroughly entertained by this Oscar nominated film for best foreign language with its wicked sense of humor. If by chance you are dealing with any anger issues presently, then this picture may be the perfect antidote for you. And if you are not, you still will get a kick out of this crazy movie. Spanish was spoken with English subtitles.


3 1/2 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 3, 2015, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Wow! Even with subtitles I would even watch that! I am all to familiar with road rage, even here in a small town. (Let alone being behind someone in an Express Aisle at the grocery who has clearly about 30 Items over the limit, lol.)

  2. Think I will pass on this one mate.

  3. Thank you for your review, without it we would have missed this very worthy movie! I’m not one drawn to witness others anger, and like to damp down my own, but do find it extremely enlightening (and that does mean light-making) to laugh at these “Wild Tales”. Particularly familiar with the road rage idea, tho no where near the volume of this story, loved the summation as a “crime of passion”! Living in Chicago the outrageousness of the ticket and tow story felt ALL TOO familiar when thinking about our speed and traffic light cameras and the ensuing fees that follow. Again this telling at a greatly elevated level. I was so very grateful for the happy ending.
    And who wouldn’t laugh at the wedding reception from hell ? Or maybe that’s just because I catered one too many of them. All in all, a cathartic evening of gasping and laughing in the cinema, thanks Movie Joltz!

    • I am so thrilled you got to see this film and feel the same way I did about it. Such a good time it was to sit and watch this wild film. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with everyone; I am touched and deeply appreciative.

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