Wild Tales - Everyone goes crazy!

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German title Wild Tales - Everyone goes crazy!
Original title Relatos salvajes
Country of production Argentina , Spain
original language Spanish
Publishing year 2014
length 122 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 14
Director Damián Szifron
script Damián Szifron
production Hugo Sigman
Agustín Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Matías Mosteirín
Esther García
Claudio Belocopitt
Gerardo Rozín
music Gustavo Santaolalla
camera Javier Juliá
cut Damián Szifron
Pablo Barbieri Carrera


Las ratas

El más fuerte


La propuesta

Hasta que la muerte nos separe


←  Predecessor
Tiempo de valientes

The Argentine film production company Wild Tales - Everyone goes crazy! (Original title: Relatos salvajes , Spanish for: Wild stories ) is a black drama-comedy by the director and screenwriter Damián Szifron from 2014. The film was produced by the brothers Agustín and Pedro Almodóvar, among others . Wild Tales is an episode film with six independent short stories that deal with the themes of violence and retribution .

Plot of the episodes

The first episode serves as a prologue-like direct entry that takes place before the opening credits.


During a flight in a sparsely occupied plane, the traveler Salgado begins to flirt with a woman. They soon discover that they have a mutual acquaintance, Gabriel Pasternak. While they are talking, a woman speaks up who Pasternak also knows. As a result, as a chain reaction, more and more friends of Pasternak get in touch. It turns out that all of the passengers on board knew Pasternak and caused him harm in some way. None of them booked the trip themselves. While the passengers began to feel bad, the stewardess revealed that Pasternak, flight attendant on this flight, had served the pilots a coffee and the cockpit door was now locked.

An elderly couple, obviously Pasternak's parents, are sitting in the garden of a suburban bungalow. Behind them, the plane appears in the sky and races right towards them, but the episode ends a short moment before the crash.

Las Ratas (in English the rats )

A man stops at a fast food restaurant late in the evening. He is the only guest. The young waitress reveals to her cook that the man once ruined her family and thus drove her father to suicide. Then he approached her mother. The cook succinctly suggests killing the man with rat poison . Although the waitress is against it, the cook mixes rat poison into the food without her knowledge. When the man's son enters the restaurant and eats the french fries, the situation gets out of hand. The waitress goes to the table and tries, first politely, then more and more energetically, to take the plate away from both of them under an excuse. A scuffle ensues. The cook comes to the aid of the young waitress and naturally stabs the man with a large knife. When the police arrive, the cook is arrested; the son, to whose rescue the runaway activities were actually undertaken, only has to vomit from the rat poison and survive.

El más fuerte (in English the strongest )

The businessman Diego is enjoying the drive in his new, black Audi on a wide, empty street. When a dilapidated, slowly moving car does not allow him to overtake, he shows the driver the middle finger and insults him. But a little later Diego has to stop because of a flat tire at a bridge with a steep embankment. When the other car comes into view, stops in front of him and a strong giant emerges from him, Diego holed up fearfully in his armored car. While he tries to appease the man with apologies, he calmly beats his car with the tools lying around, demolishes the windshield and defecates and urinates on the hood, which Diego has to let happen in his fear. When the man gets back into the car and the conflict seems to be over, Diego - although the spare wheel is not yet fully assembled - accelerates after a moment and pushes his car down the embankment so that it ends up in the river when turned on the roof. The man, however, climbs back onto the street after he frees himself from the car that has landed in the shallow water; Diego has meanwhile temporarily fixed a wheel nut and drives away - the fight seems to be over: but then he turns around full of anger and tries to run over the opponent at high speed. After a sporty U-turn to a second aggressive attempt, the only half-mounted wheel of Diego's car comes loose, which also slides down the river embankment onto the demolished car of the opponent. While Diego desperately tries to get out through the jammed door, the enemy penetrates through the tailgate into the vertical car, and a deadly battle with fire extinguishers against crowbars as weapons ensues. The man knocks Diego, half unconscious, threatening to be hanged from his own seat belt, and sets the tank on fire with a fuse. But Diego can free himself and pull the enemy back into the car while the fuse continues to burn. When the tow truck arrives, an imposing fireball rises below the bridge.

In the final shot, in which the rescue scenario with fire brigade and police is shown, a detective is asked succinctly what his theory about the accident happened, while the camera pans to the two skeletons lying peacefully next to each other on the passenger seat, burned beyond recognition.

Bombita (to German bob )

Simon Fisher, an explosive master by profession and an honest person with a keen sense of justice, wants to buy a cake for his daughter's birthday party and overlooks a faded no-parking sign when parking. His small car is towed away and he has to pay the towing fees at the depository. As a result, he misses the celebration, which his wife has no understanding for. The next day he goes to the traffic authority and has a long discussion with the clerk. He demands compensation and an apology from the authorities and ends up talking himself so furious that he hits the window of the switch with a fire extinguisher. The surveillance camera images are on the front page of the newspaper the next day. As a result, not only does his wife separate from him, he also loses his job as his construction company is dependent on public contracts. When he accidentally parks in the no-parking zone again for an application appointment and is towed away, his collar bursts. In his anger, Simon equips his car with a precisely measured explosive charge, parks it in the no-parking zone and detonates it at the truck stop. Nobody is harmed, but there is considerable material damage for the towing company. Simon comes into custody. His case quickly hit the headlines and the towing company fell into disrepute for its usury charges.

La Propuesta (to German the proposal )

Santiago, the spoiled son of the multimillionaire Mauricio, ran over a pregnant woman in his father's luxury car and then hit a hit. Mauricio and his wife want to prevent Santiago from going to prison at all costs and persuade their penniless gardener Jose to confess. For this Jose should get half a million US dollars. The investigating public prosecutor who has now arrived sees through the story of lies. Mauricio's lawyer talks to him in private and can negotiate that he play along for a million dollars. The lawyer wants another half a million dollars for his services. Meanwhile, Santiago wants to surrender, but is stopped by his mother and the lawyer. When the officer demands another 30,000 pesos for immediate expenses and it turns out that the attorney wanted to divert part of the bribe for the officer for himself, Mauricio wants to call it all off. Eventually they agree that Mauricio will only pay a total of one million dollars, which the others have to split up among themselves. The officer and lawyer lead Jose outside. There they are received by numerous journalists. The husband of the run-over woman is there too, he immediately rushes on Jose and kills him with a hammer.

Hasta que la muerte nos separe (in English until death do us part )

During her wedding celebration, the young, passionate Romina discovered that her newlywed husband Ariel cheated on her a few months ago with a pretty colleague whom he also invited to her celebration. Romina then wants to throw herself from the roof of the hotel. There she happened to meet a smoking chef from the hotel, who brought her back to her senses with his serenity and life experience. Romina's desperation now turns into a desire for revenge, and she seduces the man. When Ariel and one of his friends find Romina on the roof, she threatens Ariel to make the rest of his life hell for him. Romina goes back to the wedding party, apparently in a conciliatory mood. She dances with the colleague with whom her husband cheated on her, whirls around with her and hurls her against a large mirror, which inflicts numerous cuts on her. Romina makes a big scene of jealousy to her husband and the whole company until everyone yells at each other. Suddenly Ariel walks up to Romina and extends her hand. They begin to kiss passionately and have such wild sex on the table that the pieces of the wedding cake fall to the floor.


More than two million viewers saw Wild Tales in the first 24 days after its premiere. In Argentina it was the most watched film of the year. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, the film received a lot of applause and a standing ovation that lasted for minutes . The film was also well received at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and the 2014 San Sebastián International Film Festival , with the latter winning the Audience Award for Best European Film .

Wild Tales was selected as the Argentine entry for Best Foreign Film at the 87th Academy Awards (2015).

With Rotten Tomatoes, Wild Tales has a rating of 88%, with Metacritic an average of 75.

Gerhard Midding from epd Film awarded 4 out of 5 stars and judged that Damián Szifrón collected enough evidence "so that the viewer could come to the conclusion" that "this society [...] has gotten out of joint". In six “cleverly constructed miniatures”, the “mainspring” of which is anger, Wild Valley's barbs hit the social conditions that identify him as “a worthy heir” of the subversive Argentinian film that was successful half a century ago.

Shot on a budget of $ 3.3 million, the film grossed $ 20.6 million by September 2014.

In Great Britain, the theatrical release planned for March 27, 2015 triggered controversy three days earlier due to the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 , because in the first episode of the film a man with mental health problems holed up in the cockpit of an aircraft and the plane was finally intentional crashes. However, the theatrical release was not postponed.

Nominations and Awards

price Date of award category Winners and nominees Result
Cannes International Film Festival May 25, 2014 Golden palm Wild Tales Nominated
Festival de Cine de Lima August 8, 2014 Audience award Wild Tales Won
Sarajevo Film Festival 22nd August 2014 Audience award Wild Tales Won
Toronto International Film Festival September 14, 2014 Special presentations Wild Tales Nominated
San Sebastián Film Festival September 27, 2014 Audience award for best European film Wild Tales Won
Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya 3rd October 2014 Oficial Fantàstic Especials Wild Tales Nominated
Biarritz Film Festival 4th October 2014 Audience award Wild Tales Won
Best Actress Erica Rivas Won
London Film Festival October 8, 2014 Beach galas Wild Tales Won
São Paulo International Film Festival October 16, 2014 Audience award Wild Tales Won
Sur Awards
(Argentine Film Academy)
2nd December 2014 Best movie Relatos salvajes Won
Best director Damián Szifron Won
Best actor Ricardo Darín Nominated
Oscar Martínez Won
Leonardo Sbaraglia Nominated
Best Actress Erica Rivas Won
Rita Cortese Nominated
Best Supporting Role (M) German De Silva Won
Diego Gentile Nominated
Osmar Nuñez Nominated
Best Supporting Role (W) Maria Onetto Nominated
Best debutant Diego Velázquez Nominated
Walter Donado Nominated
Best original script Damián Szifron Won
Best camera Javier Juliá Won
Best cut Damián Szifron , Pablo Barbieri Won
Best art direction Clara Notary Nominated
Best costume design Ruth Fischerman Nominated
Best original music Gustavo Santaolalla Won
Best tone José Luis Díaz Won
Best make-up Marisa Amenta Nominated
International Festival of New Latin American Films 4th December 2014 Premio Coral Wild Tales Nominated
Best director Wild Tales Won
Best cut Wild Tales Won
WAFCA Awards December 8, 2014 Best foreign film Wild Tales Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award January 15, 2015 Best foreign film Wild Tales Nominated
Satellite Award February 15, 2015 Best foreign film Wild Tales Nominated
Oscar Academy Awards February 22, 2015 Best foreign film Wild Tales Nominated
Miami International Film Festival March 6, 2015 Audience award Wild Tales Nominated

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Wild Tales . In: Cannes . Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  2. ↑ Approval certificate for Wild Tales - everyone goes crazy! Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2014 (PDF; test number: 148 372 K).
  3. Age rating for Wild Tales - Everyone goes crazy! Youth Media Commission .
  4. Alexandria Sage: REFILE-Revenge comedy a hit in Cannes, fashion biopic cold-shouldered . Reuters. May 17, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Relatos salvajes," awarded in San Sebastians . Télam. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved September 29, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.telam.com.ar
  6. Wild Tales Reviews . In: metacritic.com . Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  7. Critique of Wild Tales . In: epd-film.de . Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  8. Wild Tales (2015) . In: Box Office Mojo . November 11, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  9. Questions raised release oscar nominated movie . Daily Mail. Retrieved March 27, 2015.