Amores Perros (2000)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

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  • Emilio Echevarría in Amores Perros (2000)
  • Gael García Bernal in Amores Perros (2000)
  • Gael García Bernal in Amores Perros (2000)
  • Gael García Bernal in Amores Perros (2000)
  • Emilio Echevarría in Amores Perros (2000)
  • Marco Pérez in Amores Perros (2000)

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9 August 2015 | zetes
| Good, but I didn't get much out of it
Three stories are connected by a horrific car accident in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's feature film debut. All three stories also revolve, at least to some extent, around dogs (the title translates to Love's a Bitch, with "Bitch" having a double meaning). The three stories vary in interest, in my opinion, and I struggled by the end to connect them or really to care about any of them on a deep level. Still, it's a pretty entertaining flick and very strongly directed. In the first story, Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a young man who's in love with his older brother's wife. He decides to enter his rottweiler into a series of dog fights, but he runs up against an opponent who isn't keen on losing. In the second story, a model (Goya Toledo) moves in with her boyfriend, but their happiness is immediately destroyed by the aforementioned accident. During her recovery, her beloved terrier disappears into a hole in their apartment's hardwood floor and never comes back. In the third story, a hit-man (Emilio Echevarria) who poses as a bum has an existential crisis. I more or less preferred them in the order they played out, though even the first story has its flaws (am I really supposed to have much sympathy for a guy who participates in dog fights?).

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Did You Know?


El Chivo (Emilio Echevarría) shouts at Luis (Jorge Salinas) "You are so clever! You must be a publicist," during the kidnapping scene. Salinas played a publicist in Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999).


Susana: You and your plans. You know what my grandmother used to say? If you want to make God laugh... tell Him your plans.


When "Chivo" gags the first brother, the gag completely covers his face from the nose down. In the next morning the gag is neatly folded around the mouth.

Crazy Credits

To Luciano: Because we also are what we have lost. Special Thanks to: "Abba, Pater"

Alternate Versions

The following are from the deleted scenes on the DVD:

  • An alternate ending where the camera is outside the house where El Chivo was holding the two business partners hostage and two gunshots are heard.
  • A comedic and tender scene between Daniel and Valeria which would have come shortly after Valeria returned from the hospital. Valeria wakes up Daniel in the middle of the night to help her get to the bathroom.
  • A conversation between Daniel and Valeria in their apartment where Valeria reveals to the audience that she had an abortion.
  • A brief scene where Octavio bursts into Susanna's mother's apartment searching for her.


Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)
Written by
Allan Clarke, Roger Greenaway & Roger Cook
Arranged and Conducted by John Scott (as Johnny Scott)
Produced by Ron Richman and The Hollies
Performed by The Hollies
Courtesy of 'Epic Records [us]'


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Drama | Thriller

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