Amores Perros (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Mexico, 2000.  Altavista Films, Zeta Film.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, .  

A tragic car accident in downtown Mexico City serves as the centre around which three stories loosely revolve: Octavio wants his sister-in-law to leave his abusive thief of a brother and so enters dog-fighting competitions to raise money for their getaway; a supermodel is horribly injured following the accident and can hardly move from her wheelchair enough to find her dog after he goes missing under the floorboards of her new apartment; and a low-living drifter finds that his life on skid row takes a turn after his cop friend gives him his latest assassination assignment (his story also involves dogs). Told on a very grand scale, the film is well written and all the dots connect perfectly in the end, but there really isn’t enough going on emotionally to hook you in completely. In short, fans of Run Lola Run will love it, fans of All About My Mother will not.

The Criterion Collection:  #1060

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s