Tuesday, May 31, 2016

952. Amores perros

Amores perros
Love's a Bitch
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have been complaining that there are no good foreign films recently and this is seemingly the answer to my prayers.  Ye gods, we are saved from documentaries on trash collection and dull family melodramas.

Three separate but loosely connected stories are told.  Octavio is in love with his sister in law Susana.  He takes to dog fighting in order to earn money to run away with Susana.  The dog fighting scenes are even more disturbing than the cock fight scenes in No Fear, No Death.  Thankfully, this wasn't a Bunuel film and no dogs were actually hurt...I hope.  Another story follows Daniel, who has recently left his wife for Valeria, a supermodel.  Valeria breaks her leg, leaving her miserable at home while she recuperates (that's a familiar tune, huh?).   One day, her dog gets trapped under a floorboard, causing tensions to erupt between Daniel and Valeria.  The final story follows El Chivo, a hit man who is trying to get in contact with his estranged daughter.

I didn't anticipate liking this one, as I didn't think dogfighting would be a fun topic to explore for over two hours.  Fortunately, it was well paced and seemed more intent on showing us the madness behind the characters who commit such a heinous crime than the crime itself.

So a good film, which is good, because Meet the Parents is next.  Be afraid.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Shot in dangerous parts of Mexico City and many of the crew members were robbed.

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