Review: “Wild Tales.”

In black comedies, civilization is always the joke. They take a world that’s mostly similar to ours, distort it in a slight way, then giggle as the veneer of society gives way to abrupt, violent chaos. This worldview is not depressing, at least not to me, because it’s refreshing like a cold shower. Wild Tales, Argentina’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, pushes black comedy to the limits of good taste. Director and screenwriter Damián Szifrón has sympathy for his subjects, yet that does not stop him from exploring humanity at its ugliest.

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