Amores Perros 2000

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Beginning with a car accident, the film interweaves the stories of its victims: Octavio, a young man who's in love with his violent brother's wife; Valeria, a Mexican model for whom physical looks are everything; and El Chivo, a former political assassin. The result is a moving eulogy to life, loss and dog fighting.

Starring:
Emilio Echeverria, Goya Toledo
Runtime:
2 hours 28 minutes

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Amores Perros

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, International
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring Emilio Echeverria, Goya Toledo
Supporting actors Alvaro Guerrero, Vanessa Bauche, Jorge Salinas, Laura Almela, Jorge Arellano, Gael Garcia Bernal
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PSR Cairns on 16 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
I am 29 years old and have probably sat through well over 1000 films, this still sits within my top 10. Acting, pace, storyline, viewer's emotions are all stuffed hurridly into a washing machine and put into spin. The film, as is well documented, is split within 3 stories with some overt themes being shared to interconnect them. Ignore the poor reviews on amazon, I have read them all and they comprise of:

"I switched it off because of the dog-fighting". Get a grip, it's not real.
"Unrewarding blah blah" by one budding pretentious film crtic. Not high-brow enough apparently(!)

Buy it, it is a must have for anyone. Toning it down to satisfy the popcorn-Hollywood induced crowd would've ruined the films gritty, unpolished feel which heightens its realism.

The smattering of awards which 'clog up' the case are all richly deserved.

BUY
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
How do you rate a really good film? For me, the litmus test is whether I'm still thinking about it days after I've watched it.
I originally bought this film as I am one of the few people who have only recently been made aware of the great talent of Gael Garcia Bernal. Ok, so he's quite easy on the eye, but the characters of Octavio (Gael), Valeria and Chivo take you on a rollercoaster of a ride as you follow their stories of love and the ensuing pain associated with it. Three stories beautifully written and brilliantly woven together, this film is character driven and boy do you feel you've journeyed with them.
I wholly recommend this film, there wasn't any customer review and I bought it on a whim and Im glad I did. So good, I even wrote a review about it. Muy bien!
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By pixie on 15 April 2006
Format: DVD
I rented this DVD to help with my Spanish studies, and because it was one of several I'd vaguely seen the name of in the media.

If I'd read the most recent reviews of it here, I probably wouldn't have watched it - and if I'd turned off in the first few minutes (as I felt like doing) because of the dog fighting, I'd have missed one of the best films I've seen in a long time.

I'm not going to break the story down for you - just to say that the negative reviews I've just read here have infuriated me into writing a note of my own. I love animals, I'm one of these idiots who ends up feeding the local strays every time I go on holiday - but not everyone does.

If you're looking for something pink and fluffy to watch, then don't watch this. It's gritty, highly moralistic but also a rollercoaster of love, lust, fear, heartbreak and adrenaline, with some fantastic, realistic characters thrown in for good measure. Try it... Next on my list are more by the same director.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
This is a story about pain and loss. Don't buy or rent this film if you are looking for Bridget Jones with subtitles and not one to let your teenage kids watch while you go down the pub.
The manner in which the brutality is portrayed in this film makes it horrific and demonstrates to the viewer the full consequences of the violence in a way no Hollywood film has ever done. It traces several seemingly unconnected storylines that are pulled together with ruthless vigour, leaving you stunned at the climax.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
...tell Him your plans"
This phrase is uttered at an important stage of this superb film by one of the main female characters to her lover and this is the underlying theme linking together the three threads of the storyline of "Amores Perros". All of the main characters are driven off the straight and narrow path by love ,lust, jealousy and greed and their plans for the future are mocked as their lives become cursed by misfortune and tragedy.
The fulcrum of the plot of "Amores Perros" ("Love is a Bitch" or perhaps "Love is Damned" depending on your translation) is a car crash which links together three separate stories. The first story is about an affair between one brother and his brother's wife set against the vicious background of fierce dog-fights, bank robberies and car chases, the second is about an ill-fated relationship between a supermodel and an adulterous magazine editor and the third is about a former guerilla turned vagrant/assassin who lives in solitude with his dogs , traumatised by his family break-up ,focusing all his love on the daughter who has been told he is dead.
"Amores Perros" is similar in structure and atmosphere to films like "Pulp Fiction" , the "Three Colours" trilogy and "21 Grams". The cinematography and soundtrack is first rate as is the acting and characterisation. It is a very powerful, visceral film which grips the viewer throughout and I liked particularly its clever use of the "dog" symbolism , where the main characters took on the characteristics of their dogs and vice-versa. This symbolism was at its most exquisite in the second story when the model's fluffy lapdog gets trapped under the floorboards with rats, paralleling the fall from grace of its homewrecking owner. I also liked the disjointed structure of "Amores Perros" ,fluctuating around the pivotal car crash between the present, past and future ,slowly tying all the different strands of the film together. A really top quality film on all levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dazman on 29 July 2009
Format: DVD
If you don't mind seeing dog fights and love watching multi-layered films that concentrate on character building first and foremost then I'm sure you'll love this film.

Trying to write a plotline would take ages, purely and simply because there's just so much going on and we look at so many lives and way in which these characters interact with one another, this film is directed by the same person that made both Babel and 21 Grams, but if you thought that one/both of these have alot going on, then it's nothing compared to this film, add those two together and double it and you may just be there!!!

Simply put it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle being put together piece by piece and gradually the director reveals a new and exciting part of the puzzle and I can honestly say that it could well be THE best direction and editing I've ever seen in a film and I don't say that lightly to say the least.

All of the performances are spot on, all of the stories are interesting, the timeline in the film does go back and forth, but at no point was I confused, if anything if made the film even better trying to work out how this and that fits in the the rest of the film.

I can't deny that I was riveted to this film,this has to be one of the very best foreign language (Spanish) that I've had the pleasure in watching, maybe even THE best and if you don't mind watching a few dog fighting scenes at the start of the film then this is very highly recommended.
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