Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Mexico, 2000. Altavista Films, Zeta Film. Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga. Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto. Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Music by Gustavo Santaolalla. Production Design by Brigitte Broch. Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque. Film Editing by Luis Carballar, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Fernando Perez Unda.
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