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. Academy Awards 2000. Boston Film Critics Awards 2001. Golden Globe Awards 2000. Independent Spirit Awards 2001. National Board of Review Awards 2001. New York Film Critics Awards 2001. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
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 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.