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Charles Cuvelier, age 50, a PR guru in the prime of life, casually presses the button in an old-fashioned elevator. The ad said “Luxury apartment for rent to wealthy bachelor. No dogs”. When the elevator stops suddenly between the 4th and 5th floors, Charles thinks it has just broken down. In fact, like in a video arcade, the game is just beginning. It is set to run for several days. Who is this woman jeering at him from the upstairs landing? Is she the landlady, subjecting him to some weird ordeal, or the Game Mistress? But then, what is the game?
In a society with no plans for the future and no ideology, all that remains is game-playing. It’s the new bonding agent for human relations, in which the operative rule is “Dog eat dog”. “Wild Games” could be a contemporary fable, not about the human condition but merely about the experiences of a man and a woman embroiled in a game of which they want to write the rules, minute by minute. It is a hand-to-hand combat, a game of power and helplessness, seduction and repulsion, sincerity and manipulation that oscillates, like life, between tragedy and comedy. (Benoit Lamy excerpt from press kit)