Since exploding on to the scene as a winner at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Amores Perros has gone on to achieve universal acclaim and admiration from critics, cinemagoers and directors alike. The film undoubtedly heralds the arrival of a major new talent in world cinema. Beginning with a kinetic, bone-crushing car accident, Amores Perros imaginatively interweaves the stories of its three victims: Octavio (Gael Garcia Bernal) a young man who has fallen in love with his violent brother's wife; Valeria (Goya Toledo), a beautiful Mexican model for whom physical appearances are everything and El Chivo (Emilio Echevarria), a former political assassin now exiled from his family. The result is a moving, visceral eulogy to life, loss and dog fighting on Mexico's mean streets.
Bleak, Brutal but Brilliant.
- Love's a Bitch review by catpigeon
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You rated this film: 4
Amores Peros is an excellent portrayal of losing whats important and how we and those around us get caught up in and become the unconsciouse archietitchs of such chaos. By Looking at three superfically unrealted stories we begin to see what all three have in common.
But the brillance of the film is in the way it is written which at times fells like there is no narrative at all and that you are as ignorant as the characters you are watching. The outlook of the writer is also uncompromizingly bleak with his focus seemingly resting on the lose of idealisim in the face of the uglyness of the world. As such it is a film without hope.
The only critic of the film would be its use of gross mortal animal violence for no other reason than to achieve certain "real" shots. It goes without saying therefore that a lot of dogs where brazinly murdered for the production of this film.
But despite this whats done is done and unneccassary barbarizim to one side this is an excellent film and shouldn't be missed.
This multi award-winning movie from Mexico is almost 2 1/2 hours long, but not too long, since 3 stories are intertwined around an accident. We follow the lead up, the consequences and a bystander getting involved. Fascinating and unusual. Actor Gael Garcia, the director of photography and the composer have all later made a career in Hollywood - partly due to this poignant movie with dogfights and violence, love and hate. Recommendable!
Fighting dogs feature heavily in this brutal and violent Mexican film. I did not find it palatable. Several scenes of dogs killing one another and then of men killing dogs is disgustingly gory. The other scenes are no more pleasant. Only for extreme violence seeking viewers.
Great foreign film about love and dogs
- Love's a Bitch review by PV
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You rated this film: 5
This film starts slowly and the viewer needs patience at the start - but then, after a while, it turns into a really quite excellent movie - three disticnt stories, all connecting, is a bit like Short Cuts - but the theme of love and dogs (amores perros) develop beautifully. Best of all is the old tramp's story, but the young thugs' story and the yuppie couple's story, also work well - and are really quite damning about south American society, with its massive divisions. Highloy recommended to anyone who likes foreign films; also anyone who's a dog lover will like it - I'm not really, but still really loved it.