Historias Violentas (1984)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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Five separate stories written by Pedro F. Miret are each interpreted by a different director in this 100-minute compilation film. The first story, "Service à la Carte," (director Victor Saca) is about a gentle, unassuming young man who is harassed in the hallway of his apartment building every day by the same, obnoxious neighbor. His "revenge" is non-violent, but very ingenious. The second story, "New Fire," (director Carlos García Agraz), is a sardonic, comic view of the clash between the pre-colonial civilizations in Mexico and the modern heirs of colonialism. A young man has been invited to a costume party and when he shows up as an Aztec warrior in full dress, he faces a disastrous evening. The third story "Reflections," (director Daniel González) features a man on a date with seduction on his mind -- until a UFO shows up. The fourth story "Last Showing," (director Diego López) has some late-night movie-goers caught in an unexpected trap. The fifth and last tale "Silent Night" (director Gerardo Pardo) degenerates into a story of mindless violence from a simple premise of lost sleep and a car alarm that will not shut off. The five vignettes entertain in different ways, though the first two episodes are especially well-wrought.