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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Vignettes of sweet revenge, well-acted, great photography, really fun. Except one of the six stories was not fun, it was strangely out of place... All in all, enjoyable and recommended, a crowd-pleaser. I went with 6 friends, we all liked it.
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.
The film delivers on the promise of its title; several bizarre tales of revenge that work to comment on issues of class & exploitation (and the machinations of such). As ever, some stories work better than others. Regardless, the filmmaker succeeds in getting his point across sufficiently & is able to create, in fragments, a darkly comic & incisive portrait of modern life in all of its insane & contradictory malaise.
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.
If Marco Ferreri, Dino Risi and Pedro Almodovar had a son, he would be an Argentinian named Damian Szifron. Each segment packs a sinister and hilarious punch and satirises social classes, justice, burocracy and marriage. Delightfully macabre.
¿Qué sucede cuando el hombre civilizado traspasa la barrera de los límites socialmente pactados? Szifrón entrega aquí seis ejemplos de transgresión social, donde el lado humano desaparece ante la abrupta aparición de la impulsiva animalada. Como todo film episódico, el resultado es desbalanceado y muy problemático en algunos oscuros pasajes donde la idea de libertad que maneja Szifrón resulta claramente conservadora.