Amores Perros 2001

Love's a Bitch

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The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.

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"Amores Perros" is a bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash. Inventively structured as a triptych of overlapping and intersecting narratives, "Amores Perros" explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into unforeseen dramatic situations instigated by the seemingly inconsequential destiny of a dog named Cofi.

Cast & Crew

Emilio Echevarría
El Chivo
Gael García Bernal
Octavio
Goya Toledo
Valeria Maya
Álvaro Guerrero
Daniel
Marco Pérez
Ramiro
Francisco González Compeán
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Martha Sosa Elizondo
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Rodrigo Prieto
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Luis Carballar
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Fernando Pérez Unda
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Critic Reviews for Amores Perros

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  • May 02, 2013
    Another review that I think magically disappeared from the Flixster vaults. I saw the original Director's cut at the Film Festival which was 3 hours and was in dire need of editing. The current version I assume has that editing and probably accentuates the high action I experienced in this gripping film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    After a dog-fighter crashes into a supermodel, the film depicts each person's story. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films never surpassed this, his first effort. An extraordinarily well-told story, Amores Perros reaches the Altman Standard for intersecting stories. Linked by the themes of love and dogs and love of dogs, each story is compelling in its own way, especially the final chapter, which takes advantage of a phenomenal performance by Emilio Echeverria. What I found disappointing was the ending of the second story, which seemed to come to a depressing conclusion without substance. The same can be said of the first story's ending, but the final moments of the film, which conclude the third story, make up for many of the film's deficiencies as a whole. Overall, Amores Perros is a fantastic debut for a rightfully internationally acclaimed filmmaker.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2012
    In my opinion, "Amores Perros" is less comparable to "Pulp Fiction" than it is to, say, "Magnolia." It's a violent flick, but sets aside stylized dialogue and clever scenes for tense, involving drama. Rich performances, a well-defined, multi-layered screenplay, and completely consuming cinematography justify the film's rather cumbersome length, which seems to drag every so often. The stories that bookend the film are seriously involving dramas, while the one in the center feels only slightly contrived. (Luckily, it's the shortest of the three.) Overall, "Amores Perros" is a well-made, thought-provoking, ultimately satisfying ensemble piece.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    An impressive debut for Alejandro González Iñárritu, who went on to direct movies like Babel and Biutiful, Amores Perros is a dark, unrelenting look at the savage nature of humans. Themes of disloyalty and brutality are frequently conveyed through the relationships the characters have with dogs, relationships that range from affectionate to barbaric. There are a number of graphic dog-fighting scenes, and although no dogs were hurt in the production of the movie, the scenes are incredibly disturbing and intense. Like some of the director's other movies, Amores Perros is divided into three connected stories, the first of which I found to be the best. There are no happy endings though, as each story ends in a darker place than it began. As a whole, the movie is a thought-provoking and consistently engrossing, if a bit overlong, study on human nature, and is an interesting start to the talented director's career.
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