AMORES PERROS

Going to the Dogs

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Release Date: March 30, 2001

Starring: Emilio Echevarría, Gael
García Bernal, Goya Toledo,
Álvaro Guerrero, & Vanessa
Bauche

Genre: Drama

Audience: Strong Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 150 minutes

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Executive Producer: Francisco González & Martha
Sosa Elizondo

Producer: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga

Address Comments To:

Tom Ortenburg & Mark Urman, Co-Presidents
Lions Gate Releasing
561 Broadway
Suite 12B
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 966-4670
Fax: (212) 966-2544
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(PaPa, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, A, D, MM) Pagan worldview trying to send a biblical message that living against God’s commandments will lead you down the wrong paths of destruction; 105 obscenities, mixed variety but mostly strong, 5 profanities, & God’s name casually used a few times; disturbingly violent & bloody car chase ending in a bloody mess (recurring), violent dog fights throughout story, cold blooded shooting with blood oozing, baby is uncomfortably mishandled, man head butts man leaving bloody face, man beats man with a rod in the shower, lots of bloody dogs, dog gets shot, more blood, aggravated robbery, unmarried couple have disturbingly nasty argument in bed, man knifed in belly, & man shot in bank robbery; audibly graphic sex & fornication, sex scene on floor next to baby, adultery, & abortion & incest references; partial nudity; alcohol use; cigarette smoking & one scene romanticizes it; and, other animalistic behavior including theft, gambling & animal cruelty.

Summary:

AMORES PERROS, an acclaimed movie from Mexico, tells three different stories where the lives of some people are drastically altered by a violent car crash. Though well-made, with a compelling score and an aggressive shooting style, AMORES PERROS features two and a half hours of sex, blood, violence, foul language, incest, murder, more blood, gambling, theft, animal cruelty, even more blood, torture, and death.

Review:

In the Mexican movie, AMORES PERROS, filmmaking has literally gone to the dogs! Yes, this film has been receiving critically acclaimed reviews, winning awards and prizes and blowing them away on the International film festival circuit. Yes, it is a well made, well told, well directed, and well acted movie. And, yes it does have something to say. What’s important for moviegoers to understand is knowing just what they are going to have to go through in order to receive the message.

AMORES PERROS is a rough picture to experience – from the beginning, with its rumbling score leading you into a quite radically disturbing car chase, through the grainy and washed-out film look which makes it difficult at times to read the white subtitles, to the ending where people of faith may be left feeling that the only one who wins in this story is Satan himself.

The quandary of AMORES PERROS is that it truly is a well-made film. From the standpoint of its pagan worldview, this movie gets the job done. The down side is the damage the movie does in doing this. Everybody loses in AMORES PERROS, especially the audience! After two and a half hours of sex, blood, violence, foul language, incest, murder, more blood, gambling, theft, animal cruelty, even more blood, torture, and death, viewers probably will walk out of the theatre numb. . . if not worse.

AMORES PERROS is set in Mexico City intersecting, literally, three story lines through a violent car crash. The first is the story of a young man Octavio, who enters his dog into the violent world of dog fighting so that he can raise enough money to run off with his brother’s wife, Susana. Then there’s Daniel, a businessman who abandons his wife for a live-in life with a high fashion model named Valeria. All seems bright until “the crash,” which results in the amputation of one of her legs and the unfolding of the darker realities of her true self. The third story involves an assassin paid to kill a businessman.

Emilio Echevarria as El Chivo, “The Goat,” executes a compelling performance as a revolutionary-turned-assassin who puts a twist on things. The score is also very compelling, as is the aggressive shooting style.

Once again, this is a well-made film and there are certainly many good moments, but the experience is just not worth it. (And, we’re not talking about the ticket price!)

In Brief:

In the Mexican movie, AMORES PERROS, filmmaking has literally gone to the dogs! Set in Mexico City, three story lines intersect through a violent car crash. The first is the story of a young man Octavio, who enters his dog into the violent world of dog fighting so that he can raise enough money to run off with his brother’s wife, Susana. Then there’s Daniel, a businessman who abandons his wife for a live-in life with a high fashion model named Valeria. All seems bright until “the crash,” which results in the amputation of one of her legs and the unfolding of the darker realities of her true self.

The quandary of AMORES PERROS is that it truly is a well-made film. From the standpoint of its pagan worldview, this movie gets the job done. The down side is the damage the movie does in doing this. Everybody loses in AMORES PERROS, especially the audience! After two and a half hours of sex, blood, violence, foul language, incest, murder, more blood, gambling, theft, animal cruelty, even more blood, torture, and death, viewers probably will walk out of the theatre numb. . . if not worse.