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Wild Tales (2014)

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Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Director:

Damián Szifron

Writers:

Germán Servidio (collaborating writer), Damián Szifron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darío Grandinetti ... Salgado (segment "Pasternak")
María Marull ... Isabel (segment "Pasternak")
Mónica Villa ... Profesora Leguizamón (segment "Pasternak")
Diego Starosta Diego Starosta ... Ignacio Fontana (segment "Pasternak")
Marcelo Frasca Marcelo Frasca ... Gerente Casa Tía (segment "Pasternak")
Lucila Mangone Lucila Mangone ... Azafata (segment "Pasternak")
María Laura Caccamo María Laura Caccamo ... Empleada Aerolínea (segment "Pasternak") (as Laura Cáccamo)
Carlos Alberto Vavassori Carlos Alberto Vavassori ... Víctor Jensen (episodio 'Pasternak')
Pablo Machado Pablo Machado ... Hombre 1 (segment "Pasternak")
Horacio Vay Horacio Vay ... Hombre 2 (segment "Pasternak")
Javier Pedersoli Javier Pedersoli ... Único Amigo (segment "Pasternak")
Héctor Drachtman Héctor Drachtman ... Padre Pasternak (segment "Pasternak")
María Rosa López Ottonello María Rosa López Ottonello ... Madre Pasternak (segment "Pasternak")
Rita Cortese ... Cocinera (segment "Las ratas")
Julieta Zylberberg ... Moza (segment "Las ratas")
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The film is divided into six segments. (1) "Pasternak": While being on a plane, a model and a music critic realise they have a common acquaintance called Pasternak. Soon they discover that every passenger and crew member on board know Pasternak. Is this coincidence? (2) "The Rats": A waitress recognizes her client - it's the loan shark who caused a tragedy in her family. The cook suggests mixing rat poison with his food, but the waitress refuses. The stubborn cook, however, decides to proceed with her plan. (3) "The Strongest": Two drivers on a lone highway have an argument with tragic consequences. (4) "Little Bomb": A demolition engineer has his car towed by a truck for parking in a wrong place and he has an argument with the employee of the towing company. This event destroys his private and professional life, and he plots revenge against the corrupt towing company and the city hall. (5) "The Proposal": A reckless son of a wealthy family has an overnight hit-and-run accident, in ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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We can all lose control

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the seventh film from Argentina to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the third in a row with Ricardo Darín as a leading star (after Son of the Bride (2001) and The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)). See more »

Goofs

Where Simon parks the car (Parera 25), parking is allowed, but it's not the same place that the tow truck takes the car from (Juncal 1311). These two places are 2 blocks from each other- ("Bombita" segment) See more »

Quotes

Simón: Do you know you're a criminal?
Empleado Playón (segment "Bombita"): I'm doing my job.
Simón: People who work for criminals are criminals too.
Empleado Playón (segment "Bombita"): Right. That's your opinion.
Simón: Just a miserable slave to this corrupt system.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits of the film, each actor is identified and accompanied by the image of a wild animal. In the case of the director (Szifrón), he chose a fox, the reason is not only because he is red haired: "The fox was an animal that my dad really liked, he always saw foxes documentaries, I think that's why I chose it..." See more »

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References Dora the Explorer (2000) See more »

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Rage and Revenge, Guilty Laughter
12 March 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Do you often get accused of having a slightly demented sense of humor? Do you have secret crazy thoughts of seeking revenge on those who have wronged you? If so, writer/director Damian Szifron has a collection of short stories just for you!

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar, Argentina's entry is just now opening in the Dallas market where I live. To say Wild Tales is a wild ride would be quite an understatement. There are six short stories blended together, and while you may not recognize the theme immediately, it doesn't take long before rage and retribution jump to the forefront in these seemingly typical slices of everyday life.

The best short stories make a quick grab for attention, and manage to convey character and setting from the beginning. The writing is crucial and can easily collapse in the hands of a less-proficient short story writer. But when it works, it's fascinating to watch, and Mr. Szifron has a real talent for making us laugh in the midst of truly awful situations.

Not to give away any details, but the six stories involve: a remarkable "coincidence" on a flight, an unwelcome customer at a local diner, a close-quarters brawl at a bridge, the frustration of dealing with "the system", misguided parental instincts in protecting their kid, and the most wheels-off wedding reception ever filmed.

If you are ever searching for an example of a dark comedy, this one will provide clarity. The seemingly unrelated stories are woven together through payback, though the price is often pretty high. Mr. Szifron's stories remind us that life is not fair, but when it's happening to someone else, we can still laugh about it.


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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 2014 (Argentina) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,100, 22 February 2015

Gross USA:

$3,106,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,642,704
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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2.35 : 1
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