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Movie Review: Amores Perros

I just finished watching Amores Perros.

Not as disjointed as 21 Grams, and thankfully so -I don’t think I could have managed that much confusion and read subtitles. Never the less, the movie is about love and loss (the title’s translation is, roughly, Love is a Bitch) and a singular event that ties the lives of three people together. Unlike other movies however, they never meet one another. The film explores the desperate need for love that people share and the lengths they will go to in order to get it.

The first portion of the film deals with a young man who becomes deeply involved in the world of dog fighting and takes it too far. He’s passionate, impulsive, and maybe even a little obsessive. His actions steer the rest of the movie, in general. The second part revolves around a supermodel, injured in the accident who is also a victim of love, and the web of drama that it can sometimes generate. Third is an ex-guerrilla turned assassin who has been separated from his daughter for over twenty years.

The music is great, the action scenes are jarring and fast paced, there is one tittie shot, and the behavior of the characters is basically bare-knuckled and as human as you’ll find in a movie. No single character even comes near sainthood; maybe that’s why one feels drawn to them, to understand them and ultimately, feel for them.

It’s in the brutal reality of love that the movie has its best foundation. It’s raw, drawing from atmospheres rarely tasted by those who are not desperately seeking communion: dog fighting, adultery and contract killing. The most singularly impressive point of the movie squares on what matters to people in the face of love.

four and half out of five.

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