Produced by Pedro Almodovar of Volver and The Skin I Live In fame, Wild Tales was a crazy journey through six stories involving mutually distressed characters. Each story has one thing in common: the limit of our patience. In the earlier shorts, it makes you laugh at the character’s misfortune, but as the film progresses, you soon feel for the growing distress of the characters within these stories. With each short, it shows the everyday life we may experience and is taken to the extreme. I mean, have we not all been in a situation where we’ve been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, had someone cheat on us in one way or another, or even bumped into someone on a plane, for example, that we might not have expected.
And that’s the beauty of this film. It’s almost impossible not to identify with one of the characters in the story, with one of their situations, despite how they struggle, which in turn successfully makes the audience feel uncomfortable. And this deserves a congratulation to the directing of Damian Szifon and the actors to portray each story in the way it does with a combination of suspense and effective dark humour.
The editing made the film seamless, despite the different stories, and this was helped by the music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla that helped connect each story together.
It’s definitely a film that stands out from the rest and something to be caught at the cinema while it’s still being shown.