#202: Wild Tales (2014)

When and how did I watch this?

October 24th, 2015, on a Redbox rental. We had a bit of a scare with this one, since no streaming service was offering this for rent, and purchase was over $12.  Fortunately, this was a recent release and available at a kiosk down the street.  Whew.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I knew it was released in 2014, which always casts premature doubts.  On the other hand, this was an Argentinian film. Hm.

What do I know about it now?

This isn’t one film, but six, linked together with the theme of vengeance. I confess, this was quite a treat.  One of the shorts — “el mas fuerte” — was truly haunting, if not quite just. The rest were spectacular in their own right, but the final mini-movie, “hasta que la muerta nos separe”, was at another level of awesome, for it began like the others and ended with a humble reconciliation between both parties.  I don’t want to reveal too much; I think you need to see it for yourself.

What are some themes in the film?

Revenge, violence, vice and folly, reconciliation

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  The two aforementioned mini films were memorable in their own distinct ways.  One more, “bombita”, also got my attention.

Why is this ranked #202?

This appears to be a local favorite in Argentina with an ensemble cast, boosting it in the rankings among Latin movie watchers, but it deserves the merit and recognition it has received.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Oh yeah.

Would I watch it again?

Yes.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

For the love of foreign films, please watch this.  You can’t keep ignoring these!

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Yes. It compares to the others we’ve seen lately, and required very few special effects to pull it off. Perhaps someday it’ll lose its luster and get knocked off the list, but it’s difficult to overlook.

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