A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
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Sublimely inventive black comedy anthology, akin to Almodóvar adapting Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected'. Damián Szifrón's brilliance is to maintain that knife-edge (excuse the pun) tone despite multiple opportunities to veer off the rails, particularly in the final episode. Some interconnection, however tenuous, between the stories (other than the theme of revenge) might have been an interesting experiment.
Well-written and well-acted segments that feel like a collection of shorts. Brilliant dark humour throughout and for someone unfamiliar with Argentinian society, an entertaining insight into the lives of a diverse bunch of people.
A series of 'outrageous' shorts written and directed by Damian Szifron that are quite enjoyable individually but as a feature film lack the ingredient that would fuse them together into something more meaningful than cruel entertainment. Surprising Oscar nominee with a mean streak that revels in the worst of human traits with glee and tongue firmly in cheek. Performances are a treat especially Erica Rivas.
Great acting all-around, clever writing, and beautifully shot. The film goes to really dark places at times while constantly retaining a high volume of of very funny moments in each vignette. Lovely melodrama in places as well, just a great piece of high stakes storytelling at its best. Cannot recommend this film enough.