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Amores Perros (2000)

Amores perros (original title)
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.

Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Writer:

Guillermo Arriaga (as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Echevarría ... El Chivo
Gael García Bernal ... Octavio (as Gael García)
Goya Toledo ... Valeria
Álvaro Guerrero ... Daniel (as Alvaro Guerrero)
Vanessa Bauche ... Susana
Jorge Salinas ... Luis
Marco Pérez ... Ramiro
Rodrigo Murray ... Gustavo
Humberto Busto ... Jorge
Gerardo Campbell Gerardo Campbell ... Mauricio
Rosa María Bianchi ... Tía Luisa (Aunt Luisa)
Dunia Saldívar Dunia Saldívar ... Mama Susana (Susana's Mother)
Adriana Barraza ... Mama Octavio (Octavio's Mother)
José Sefami ... Leonardo
Lourdes Echevarría Lourdes Echevarría ... Maru
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Storyline

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

amor es traición. amor es angustia. amor es pecado. amor es egoismo. amor es esperanza. amor es dolor. amor es muerte. qué es el amor? amores perros. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmax (Spainish) [Spain]

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores Perros See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,047, 1 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,383,834, 8 July 2001
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

El Chivo sarcastically congratulates Luis Miranda Solares for his imagination comparing him with a Publicist which is the occupation of the Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. See more »

Goofs

when El Chivo is pushing his cart through the streets prior to the crash, he is alternately wearing a grey t-shirt or a Fairisle-type sweater under his jacket. See more »

Quotes

El Chivo: [to his newfound dog, Blackie, after misbehaving] It's not right, asshole!
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Crazy Credits

To Luciano: Because we also are what we have lost. Special Thanks to: "Abba, Pater" See more »

Alternate Versions

The following are from the deleted scenes on the DVD:
  • An alternate ending where the camera is outside the house where El Chivo was holding the two business partners hostage and two gunshots are heard.
  • A comedic and tender scene between Daniel and Valeria which would have come shortly after Valeria returned from the hospital. Valeria wakes up Daniel in the middle of the night to help her get to the bathroom.
  • A conversation between Daniel and Valeria in their apartment where Valeria reveals to the audience that she had an abortion.
  • A brief scene where Octavio bursts into Susanna's mother's apartment searching for her.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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Must've beaten Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the Academy Awards
11 April 2005 | by tricky_jgcSee all my reviews

I think we're talking about one of the best Mexican films ever (i say so, knowing there's been excellent Luis Buñuel films as well as Arturo Ripstein ones, like 'Principio y Fin' -Begining and End- that is this director's highest peak (based on the book by Naguib Mafusz)and Emilio 'El Indio' Fernandez ones that i don't personally like that much (even though he received the Golden Bear in the 'Berlinale').

Being surrounded by terrible Mexican movies, 'Amores Perros' was so refreshing and remarkably above every expectation that everybody could have about a first-time director (even though he was well-known for his wonderful work at advertising (changing the way ads were made in Mexico) and as a radio DJ in a WFM radio station that contributed to change radio in Mexico, too, along with Rock 101. Gonzalez Iñarritu (in cooperation with his almost personal screenwriter, Guillermo Arriaga) creates such a complex yet flawless history based on three individual ones that converge not only in the dantesque (reference to Dante Alighieri's style, The Divine Comedy) car accident, but in their perception and description of how love can be harsh, as well as life itself, of how love can get to be a bitch, a struggle.

First Story ('Octavio y Susana') is about Octavio's (Garcia Bernal) obsession with his sister-in-law, Susana (Vanessa Bauche), but it's also about the violence, about an illusion, about betrayal, about loss. This is also reflected in the character of Octavio's dog, Cofi in a parallel relationship with his owner while he seeks his own destiny, having lost everything, he'll have to redefine his life. This parallelism also occurs in the second story('Daniel y Valeria'), an almost surreal one, where Ritchie being trapped underneath the condo's floor represents how it's owner Valeria (Goya Toledo) is trapped in a relation with Daniel that grows sicker as her injury (caused by the car accident) gets worse. The removal of the gigantic advertising of 'Enchant', the scent campaign that she used to be the image for, from the view of her balcony represents their decline: Daniel (Avaro Guerrero) left behind his marriage for this superficial mirage kind of dream, and she will have to make a whole redefinition of her life after losing everything. The dog-character parallelism with the main characters of this film can also be noticed in the third story ('El Chivo y Maru'), where 'El Chivo' (Emilio Echevaria), a former College teacher that left it all, family included, to become some guerrilla terrorist (is there a symbolism for Subcommander Marcos, from EZLN?), and now finds, by losing it all (all of his dogs being killed), but finding a new reason, new company just before a hit-man-type mission where he sets a confrontation between two brothers in such a biblical style the chance that none of the characters from the rest of the stories had: redemption. That's when he decides to retrieve some of the things he has lost, like Maru (Lourdes Echevarria -Emilio's actual daughter in real life), by at least apologizing to her, and redeeming himself finding a new life. It's clear that he'll stop being a homeless, because by the end of the movie he's got plenty of money. This story is one step ahead of the other two, cause after the loss they are all victims of, 'El Chivo' is the only one who gets that chance to start from scratch once again. Huge merit to Emilio Echevarria's performance for making believable the only character that was in risk of not being plausible of the film. Because of the relation within the characters, their dogs and their own love personal story, the title is, too a big success (both in Spanish and in English).

Of the episodic narrative structure of the movie (a few critics in the Cannes Film Festival compared it with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction), it can be said that besides making it more beautiful and complex, it's also necessary. One can't figure a way to resolve the situation other than this one. The thrill, the shock would never be the same. For example, if each one was a short film instead, it wouldn't work the same way as the whole movie.

In the film, Gonzalez Iñarritu allows himself to appear a few times: in the editorial where Daniel works, for example, verifying a magazine cover; having some of the TV spots he made in the 90's when he was a publicist shown in the movie; and in the last scene, 'El Chivo' names the dog he rescued (formerly known as Cofi) as 'El Negro', Iñarritu's nickname.


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