Amores Perros

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A film that made it onto numerous top ten lists in both 2000 and 2001, depending on its stateside or Mexican release date, Amores Perros is an overlapping consideration of the crises of love as it wavers in and out of reciprocity, in both the gutters and penthouses of Mexico City. More striking on the surface is how that theme is explored metaphorically through the egregious mistreatment and abuse of all species of dogs, the double entendre "bitches" of the title. Their graphic deaths and dismemberments might have given the ASPCA fits if it weren't for the short that accompanies the video and DVD release, which illustrates the "canine actors" at work and demonstrates the methods of bloodying them without actually hurting them. In his astonishing debut, director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu saves the real blood for the fractured human relationships, agonizing in their complexity and cruelty. Directing an interweaving screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga, whose narrative structure bursts with the kind of freshness once ascribed to Quentin Tarantino, Inarritu brings his gritty camera into the dingy slums and palatial condos with equal confidence. From this he mines authentic perceptions about the strain of loyalties under the duress of an ironic, twisted reality. The moral center of the film is a disheveled hit man, living as a bum among the detritus of his wasted life and ruined family. His solution for how to resolve a conflict between back-stabbing brothers is the enduring image of a film that consistently and brilliantly dissects the anguish behind the titular cliché.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
[González Iñáritu] is unashamed to immerse this tough-minded, episodic film noir in freshets of melodrama. Significantly, he knows the minute difference between being unashamed and being shameless, and because he knows how to keep things hopping....The picture begins with a car chase through the streets of a Mexican city; there's a bleeding dog in the back seat, which certainly sounds shameless. Like everything else in Amores, a film in which nothing is what it seems, this is the kind of genre touch that Mr. González Iñárritu expands into something far more haunting.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
As for the human element in Amores Perros...we're talking about an unforgettable rogues gallery of Mexico City characters, high and low, all of them linked by the strange, ineffable forces of fate and circumstance. All of them, in some way, are linked by dogs.... If at times, Amores Perros feels a little overwrought, not to mention brutal, its passionate conviction carries us through those moments.

As for the human element in Amores Perros...we're talking about an unforgettable rogues gallery of Mexico City characters, high and low, all of them linked by the strange, ineffable forces of fate and circumstance. All of them, in some way, are linked by dogs.... If at times, Amores Perros feels a little overwrought, not to mention brutal, its passionate conviction carries us through those moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • UPC: 658149786530
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: STUDIO / STERLING
  • Aspect Ratio: Priced for Rental Market
  • Presentation: Dubbed / Priced for Rental Market
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Echeverria El Chivo
Gael García Bernal
Goya Toledo
Alvaro Guerrero
Jorge Salinas
Adriana Barraza
Technical Credits
Alejandro González Iñárritu Director
Guillermo Arriaga Screenwriter
Brigitte Broch Production Designer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Gustavo Santaolalla Score Composer
Manuel Teil Casting
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A "Guy" Movie

    I usually don't like to catagorize a movie, but this one is a movie the guys would like. It had a lot of action and plot turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies

    IMDB briefyl outlines Amores Perros as a horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. This movie has an important place in the filmography of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and my collection. It has more than twenty festival awards including BAFTA- Best Film not in the English Language (2002), and BSFC-Best Foreign-Language Film (2001). I highly recommend this movie to understand Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s cinema language within the context of Latin Culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An unforgettable cinematic experience

    This movie is not good its the best in this genre of the so called 'foreign movies'. Its a pure work of art & superior movie making.The story line is full of twists and turns.Thre are 3 stories in one movie and when its comes together you are surely to applaud the movie's clever unobivious plot.Im glad that the dogs used in the fights were not actually harmed.Dont become too old or die without having seen this magnificent film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent film

    Interesting and excellent film. I enjoyed all of it and they do a wonderful job fitting everything together. Definately recommended.

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