Haunted by visions of chasing rioters, a junior banker tries to make it safely to the central business district for his first day at work, but little does he know the greatest danger facing him is not from the rioters.
From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
As the financial headquarters of London slowly awakens to another day of business as usual, not so far away a nervous junior banker experiences nightmarish visions of rioters and looting across the city, before leaving his flat to make his first journey to work at a major investment bank. Yet, in the surreal calm of the financial district, unbeknown to him the greatest danger he faces is not from the rioters, but the corruption of his individuality in the corporate bubble. Here, as differences between him and the perceived rioters blur, he faces a choice to resist or succumb to the very same desires that the looters share: adrenaline, greed, and power at the expense of others. Written by
A significant motif in Piranha is the bronze bull seen at a certain point in the film. The inclusion of this statue is partly based on 'Boi de Piranha', a popular Brazilian folk tale where in order for villagers to safely cross Piranha-infested rivers, they must sacrifice their bull by sending it into the waters first. Once the Piranhas are fully fed, the villagers cross safely, but without their bull in tow. In both ancient and modern cultures, the bull stands as a symbol of strength, fertility and youth, and where the financial market is concerned it is a popular landmark of Wall Street, so the significance of the beast as cannon fodder in a pool of carnivorous fish is a key motif of financial misadventure, irresponsibility and short-term gain, in the film. See more »