Wild Tales (Relatos salvages) review

>This vibrant Spanish effort is a portmanteau affair, offering six different stories in different settings, all with the theme of revenge. Characters include passengers on a plane, a roadside cafe waitress, two irate drivers, a middle-aged man appalled at receiving a parking ticket, a corrupt and rich businessman and a very jealous bride.

There is no connection between each tale - each has a separate cast - but they're all vividly depicted and very entertaining. Personally, I could've done without the sight of a man defecating on another man's car, but don't let that put you off. Every story is done with such verve and confidence that it keeps you persuasively engaged throughout. The first tale involving the people on a flight is very amusing and the last, set at a fractious wedding, is a corker - outrageous and unpredictable by turn.

Performances by all are first rate and writer-director Szifron deserves kudos for marshalling the disparate elements with such good humour and bold energy. You'd be foolish to miss out on this grandly enjoyable exercise in one-upmanship and getting one's own back. Terrific.

Wild Tales (Relatos salvages) at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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