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‘Wild Tales’ (’Relatos Salvajes’) (R)

March 5, 2015 3:03 PM
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Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) argues payback is more satisfying when it’s doled out in fiery, bloody and outrageous doses. This Oscar-nominated anthology of six short tales about getting even, written and directed by Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifrón, has the humor and bitter irony of an issue of EC Comics, in which horror and crime tales often — but not always — hinged on the morality and ethics of their characters. Usually, the bad guys got what they deserved by the end, with gruesome, funny comeuppances that matched the gravity of their crimes.

That’s not always the case in Wild Tales, since Szifrón uses Argentina’s widespread corruption as the backdrop (or even the impetus) for several of his gleefully dark yarns. Here, sometimes the bad guys win. In one segment, the passengers inside an airplane discover in mid-flight they are all connec...

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