In 'Amores Perros', characters forget their divinity and dive deep into their animal nature in order to redeem and survive themselves, their decisions and consequences through pain but always with great beauty, courage, dignity and hope.Have you recently met someone, and are caught up in the that beautiful, blinding time of falling for them? Well, if so, don't plan your next movie date to see "Amores Perros"! In a compelling and brutal way, the film shows how love can really be a bitch and questions the very core of what it is to love and the baggage that comes with it.
Octavio (Bernal) loves his brother's wife, Susanna (Bauche) and plans to 'ride off into the sunset' with her using the money he makes from his pet, Cofi, in the dog-fighting pits of Mexico City. Daniel (Guerrero) is leaving his wife and children to set up house with his lover, Valeria (Toledo). And El Chivo (Echevarria), a former communist guerilla has decided it is time to make peace with his past.
A fatal car accident draws our protagonists together and alters their separate destinies beyond their wildest nightmares. All this is set against the squalid, battle-zone like background of the world's largest and most populated city and the various denizens that inhabit it.
From the opening sequence of "Amores Perros", it is clearly evident why this film has won 20 international awards and is up for Best Foreign Film in this years Oscars. We are introduced to this three part film by the frantic car chase and ensuing accident that binds its characters together. The film then skillfully flips back in time to take its audience up to and beyond the accident.
The performances are uniformly strong and directed adeptly by Inaritu. Most scenes are high paced, energised and wrapped in an exquisitely performed truth that is compelling and moving. The script itself is excellent, with only the middle story being slightly weaker than the others (but still interesting and highly watchable).But it is the way the film plays with linear narrative and the
excellent editing and intermeshing of stories, plus the great eye of the dop that finishes this film off into a must see. A warning though - the MA rating is appropriate, but in terms of content, some will find the film quite disturbing, especially animal lovers, as the dog fighting scenes and deaths of some of the dogs are almost more brutal than the human violence. – Paul Bugeja