“Society is full of people who repress themselves and thereby become depressed. We fantasize about what we could have done, what we should have said, and we argue to ourselves with an imaginary enemy who is no longer there. But some people explode. This is a movie about those who explode, and we can all understand why they explode.”
— Damián Szifron (Director of Relatos salvajes)
Nothing from the past comes close to this anthology of 6 short but brutal and captivating stories. Argentina has a reputation for churning out some classics, however, for me, what sticks out is Amores Perros which I watched and was enthralled by it’s gruesome and captivating narration and story line of how strangers cross paths. Along the same lines as Amores Perros is Relatos salvajes which translate to Savage Tales or Wild Tales. These are stories of revenge, ego, despise, hatred and basic human instincts. These stories portray normal humans who in real life think of this kind of actions but never garner the courage to do it.
Relatos salvajes is a must watch for any movie lover, especially the ones who are on the lookout for good foreign language films. The stories rivet you and there is no story amongst the 6 which is weak or is any less riveting from the others. You know a movie is good when at Roger Ebert they rate it 4/4 and on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer you see 95%.
If you liked Relatos salvajes, also consider watching Amores Perros