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Relatos salvajes (2014)
Civilization and its Discontents
"Wild Tales" (Relatos Salvajes) is not based (as far as I know) on the transcendental Freud's essay, but it really could be an adapted screenplay from that. The film has become one of the most graphic, accurate and enthralling depiction of what modern times are doing to modern people. It is hard not to feel portrayed by these hyperbolic and extremely appealing characters and situations, despite the fact that none of us (and I hope it will never happen) have to live the extreme circumstances shown in this movie. In terms of cinematography this film is flawless: stylistic and technique are subordinated to storytelling in a way we don 't see in many movies. In terms of the tonal range is wide and empathic, with a chord of healthy black humor running underneath the six stories. These actors and actresses are well known and very much loved here in Argentina: Darin, Sbaraglia, Martinez and the AMAZING Erica Rivas (for those who have seen the film this name is unforgettable); they deliver some of the best performances in years of excellent and high quality acting careers. "Wild Tales" is a complex construction of "right on target" choices, solid screenplay, skillful direction, and superb acting. And above all else the feeling of what movies mean to us: a particular time and space where we can see the best and the worst of us, to make our lives better. I can't recommend it hard enough!