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Amores Perros (2000)

Cast: Emilio Echevarria, Emilio Echevarria, Gael García Bernal, more...
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alejandro González Iñárritu
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 153 min.
Languages: Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog's success in the ring leads to a violent altercation. Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment. And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn't seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he's following his target, he's interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help. Amores Perros (aka Love's a Bitch) was the debut from director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

You might also enjoy:
Bandidos
Another compelling, often harrowing drama set on the streets of Mexico City

Reservoir Dogs
Since Iniarritu's film was compared to Tarantino's cult classic (fairly or not), might as well check it out again


GreenCine Member Reviews

dogfight scenes are special efx by bdmulvey August 20, 2005 - 11:47 PM PDT
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2 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The days of mass animal slaughter as part of the movie making process south of the border (a la El Topo) are long gone. Although very gory, there are no actual dog injuries or deaths. Check out the very interesting technical documentary that should be on the DVD, as I remember it from the old VHS.

It's indeed a quality movie all around.

Are the dogs used as symbols? by dnwake September 7, 2003 - 11:14 PM PDT
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6 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I may be way off, but I think the dogs in this movie are symbols of things happening in these people's lives. I thought this movie actually has some clever hidden symbols, if you look closely enough. I think the dog fights are symbolic of the two brother's own competition with each other. And the little dog that gets lost under the floor is illustrating that the couple's love has been lost. The dog in the last part kills the scuffy man's dogs.. just like an assassin -cold and heartless. The acting is very good. Don't watch this if you hate seeing dogs covered in blood.

Yuck! by bpiot February 17, 2003 - 9:55 PM PST
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4 out of 28 members found this review helpful
This is one of the most graphic gore-fests I have ever seen and I am not usually that put off by that kind of thing. The story surrounding the illegal dog fights were horrendous and seemed way to real...come to think of it, I don't remember seeing that "No animals were harmed...." warning!

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2000
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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Films That Make U Wish U Weren't born in the US
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Alphabetical Order: Best Foreign Language Films that I've Seen
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