• James Rutherford

'Amores Perros': A Gritty Depiction of Disparate Lives Converging on the Streets of Mexico City


Movie poster for the Mexican film Amores Perros starring Gael García Bernal

Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) (2000) is a gritty and dynamic Mexican crime thriller featuring 3 separate but interrelated storylines connected by a dramatic car accident on the streets of Mexico City.


In the opening story Octavio y Susana, Octavio (Gael García Bernal) pines for the love of his brother's wife Susana (Vanessa Bauche), but desperately needs money to create a new life with her. Entering his Rottweiler Cofi into the underground dogfighting scene, Octavio gains surprising success and financial gains, yet fate holds unexpected plans for the young opportunist.


In the ensuing chapter Daniel y Valeria, a highly successful magazine publisher named Daniel (Álvaro Guerrero), leaves his family for the love of a Spanish supermodel named Valeria (Goya Toledo). Suffering from a broken leg, Valeria is bound to a wheelchair in Daniel's apartment when her small dog Richie disappears under a broken floorboard and becomes trapped—the ensuing calamity wreaking havoc on the couple's tenuous relationship.


In the final act El Chivo y Maru, a vagrant named El Chivo (Emilio Echevarría) is revealed to be a professional hitman formerly incarcerated as a guerrilla terrorist. While attempting to contact his estranged daughter Maru (Lourdes Echevarría), he becomes involved in the chaotic crash scene connecting all 3 stories. Adopting Octavio's dog Cofi, the elderly killer prepares for a new contract killing, despite his surprise to learn that his client and his intended victim are in fact brothers.


Written by Guillermo Arriaga (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), Amores Perros is a tense and evocative crime saga that packs a resounding blast to the senses. In his feature film debut, Iñárritu has crafted a wildly expressive triptych—the first installment in his "Trilogy of Death" (including 21 Grams and Babel). Critically acclaimed and widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Iñárritu's remarkable career, it's a portentous tale of loss, transgression and personal revelation.

 

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