Young newlyweds Romina (Erica Rivas) and Ariel (Diego Gentile) are happily married

Young newlyweds Romina (Erica Rivas) and Ariel (Diego Gentile) are happily married

Argentina’s Wild Tales is funny and disturbing

The Vernon Film Society’s varied spring program continues Monday with the Oscar nominated Argentinean movie Wild Tales.

  • May. 6, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The Vernon Film Society’s varied spring program continues Monday with the Oscar nominated Argentinean movie Wild Tales.

This compendium of outrageously bizarre stories, each more shocking and hilarious than the last, blends black comedy with dramatically loaded scenarios.

Director Damian Szifron skillfully weaves together six separate short films, unlinked by narrative but unified by a violence that simmers on the cusp of explosion.

More than a series of stories about frustrated characters on the verge, Wild Tales is also a portrait of contemporary Argentina: a society riddled with corruption, hampered by bureaucracy, and bogged down by tradition.

By breaking down taboos and allowing its characters to lose control, Szifron’s film provides a cathartic release from the pressures of modern-day living – a release that provokes unrestrained, double-over-in-your-seat laughter.

“It is easy to see what drew Pedro and Augustin Almodavar to produce Argentinean writer-director Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales… It’s there in the off-kilter humour, in the stylish visuals and bold use of music, and in the affection for ordinary people pushed to extraordinary extremes,” said David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter.

Wild Tales shows at the Towne Cinema Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. All tickets are $7 (cash only) available at the theatre and the Bean Scene one week ahead. The film is rated 14A for violence and is in Spanish with English subtitles.