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Original title
Amores Perros aka
  • Love's a Bitch
Running time
150 min.
Mexico Mexico
Guillermo Arriaga
Gustavo Santaolalla, Daniel Hidalgo
Rodrigo Prieto
Altavista Films, Zeta Film
Drama | Ensemble Film. Social Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Alejandro Gonzalez Iniarritu makes an electrifying directorial debut with AMORES PERROS, an energetic, assured motion picture that jumps off the screen with a seemingly boundless energy. Told in three separate chapters--OCTAVIO AND SUSANA, DANIEL AND VALERIA, and EL CHIVO AND MARU--the film deals with love in the lives of several individuals residing in modern day Mexico City. Octavio (Gael Garcia Bernal) has fallen in love with his brother's wife, Susana (Vanessa Bauche). He begins entering his dog in illegal dogfights in order to save up enough money to run away with her, but eventually learns a powerful lesson when she fails to keep her word. Meanwhile, Daniel (Alvaro Guerrero) has left his wife and daughters for the gorgeous model Valeria (Goya Toledo), but when she is hurt badly in a car accident, the strain on their relationship is stretched to its limits. Finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echevarria) is an ex-revolutionary who has become a paid assassin. Saddened that he has lost all contact with his daughter, he takes one final stand when an intended act of kindness turns brutally tragic. Shot with hand-held immediacy on grainy film stock, Iniarritu's invigorating.
2000: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2000: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
2000: Cannes: Critics Week Grand Prize
2000: Tokyo Film Festival: Best Film
2001: BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
2000: Awards Ariel: 11 Awards including Best Film and Director. 15 Nominations
2000: Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo - Best Movie & actor ex-aequo (Echevarría, García Bernal)
2001: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2001: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. Best Int. Ind. Film - Foreign Language
2001: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2001: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. 2 Nom.
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