On his feature film debut, director Damián Szifron plays bull to the apparent China shop of Argentinean discontent with this raucous work of pitch-black comedic portmanteau. Hitting the ground running (ahem), Szifron opens on a plane crash gag and then, over the course of six delirious scenes, never waivers from that tone. The humour proves rousing if tiresome, but if you’re a fan of that sort of thing feel free to bump this rating up. Houses were brought down at Cannes last year.
Relatos Salvajes | Directed by Damián Szifron (Argentina 2014) with Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martinez. Starts January 8
Originally published in issue #134, January 2015.