Amores Perros is a 2000 Mexican drama thriller film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. I didn’t know till recently that it made part of a trilogy, of whom the other two parts were 21 Grams and Babel. I liked 21 Grams, I liked only the story in Babel (wonderful story broken up by Brad Pitt “World War Z!” style, he’s a specialist in being utterly non-credible), but I have enjoyed this one, Amores Perros, the most.
I have to be ashamed that I have just recently watched this wonderful complex interbreed story of a movie. Amores Peros is sordid, or at least it presents three sordid stories which are inadvertently linked through an accident. Doesn’t matter they are darkish and stained of deep squalor. The intentions were good (in certain standards), and the movie has a degree of positivity. It exploits the human nature leaving a lot of room for choosing, until the time for choosing between good, better, worse or evil, runs out and you have no more choices… Still, maybe you have, depends.
I have been truly enchanted by Gael García Bernal‘s acting in this movie, which it seems to be his break through for his career. I’ve seen him in other movies, but he hasn’t attracted my attention much, on the contrary, since I bear an open subjective antipathy for the criminal Che Guevara, I found Bernal’s performance as a young Che in The Motorcycles Diaries too idyllic for my taste.
I don’t really know the others, but because of the high winds made in the media for Babel, and the constant promotion of that product for the Academy Awards (and “what a disappointment for the artsy critics The Departed won “Best Picture” and not Babel), I know the film makers team, Guillermo Arriaga, Gustavo Santaolalla, and of course, the “Leo King”, the multiple Oscar statues winner at the moment, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
[Please don’t think I don’t like Brad Pitt, he’s very talented, but only when he acts. You know what happens when you act, and if not, remember Team America! “Now, act!”]
Starring: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero, Vanessa Bauche, Jorge Salinas, and Adriana Barraza.
The movie is violent, there are dog fighting with killings, there are crimes, but the makers assured us that no animal has been hurt during the making, which is normal. I also like how it ends. Run time is 154 minutes, it is rated 8.1 on imdb, which put it on position 187 in the Top 250 of Best Movies (imdb) at least, until some other flashy trash (ex: Iron Man 3, or The Avengers) will appear. I have discovered the Empire Magazine Top 500 selected in September 2008 by over 10,000 Empire readers, 150 film makers and 50 film critics, where it is on 492. It won The Prize of Critics at Cannes Film Festival 2000. Right now, I see it as the best movie made by Alejandro González Iñárritu, even if he won the Oscar with Birdman. That came like an echo to his talent and vision.
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