Six subversive tragi-comic unconnected tales of revenge – exhilarating filmmaking that is, at times, genuinely funny. But, like reading a book of short stories, it left me suspended and a tad dissatisfied – little depth or character development. Crammed into two hours, the tales are brief – and a little relentless (maybe one too many?).
But its anarchic humour, albeit verging on the sick, is laugh-out-loud, described perfectly by one critic as a mix of Almodovar (the producer) and Tarantino. From the frustrations of dealing with bureaucracy over an illegally parked car through to the road rage standoff or wedding celebrations with an edge, director Damián Szifron (On Probation, The Bottom of the Sea) never lets up the pace.
Nominated for best foreign language film Oscar, 2015 (won the corresponding BAFTA Award).