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Amores Perrosroughly translates to "Love's a bitch," and it's an apt summation of this remarkable film's exploration of passion, loss, and the fragility of our lives. In telling three stories connected by one traumatic incident, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu uses an intricate screenplay by novelist Guillermo Arriaga to make three movies in close orbit, expressing the notion that we are defined by what we lose--from our loves to our family, our innocence, or even our lives. These interwoven tales--about a young man in love with his brother's pregnant wife, a perfume spokeswoman and her married lover, and a scruffy vagrant who sidelines as a paid killer--are united by a devastating car crash that provides the film's narrative nexus, and by the many dogs that the characters own or care for. There is graphic violence, prompting a disclaimer that controversial dog-fight scenes were harmless and carefully supervised, but what emerges fromAmores Perrosis a uniquely conceptual portrait of people whom we come to know through their relationship with dogs. The film is simultaneously bleak, cynical, insightful, and compassionate, with layers of meaning that are sure to reward multiple viewings.--Jeff Shannon
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CastGael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Bauche, Alvaro Guerrero, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarría
DirectorAlejandro González Iñárritu
Screen WriterGuillermo Arriaga
DVD Release Date:  September 25, 2001
Runtime:  154 minutes
Studio:  Lions Gate
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review by . June 18, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     "Amores Perros" is as bleak as most movies come, and it also launched the career of a very good filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. It has about the same amount of appeal as any other Inarritu film, and if you've seen one of his follow-up movies, then you'll know what to expect. I saw most of Inarritu's films before I saw his debut picture. Maybe that was the right place to start. But then again, maybe it wasn't. Inarritu's films are so richly absorbing …
review by . February 19, 2006
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'Amores Perros' impressed the hell out of me this afternoon. Three interrelated tales of the darker side of life in contemporary Mexico City, each one as fresh and as fascinating as the last. Each of the three stories are dark, disturbing and filled with humanity. Superbly acted all round, but especially noteworthy is the standout performance by Emilio Echevarria as El Chivo, a political dissident turned hit man, and if the charismatic Gael Garcia Bernal (Octavia, the lovesick dog fighter) isn't …
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