"Amores Perros" Is Released
Amores perros is a 2000 Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
It is an anthology film containing three distinct stories which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City. Each of the three tales is also a reflection on the cruelty of humans toward animals and each other, showing how they may live dark or even hideous lives. Amores Perros was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000 and won the Ariel Award for Best Picture from the Mexican Academy of Film.
The film was released under its Spanish title in the English-speaking world, although its title was sometimes translated as Love's a Bitch in marketing. In a 2001 interview on National Public Radio, director Iñárritu pointed out that an American English idiom, Love's a Bitch is not a satisfactory translation of the title (see below). The soundtrack included songs by well-known Latin American rock bands, such as Café Tacuba, Control Machete and Bersuit Vergarabat.
When a director shifts gears as often as does Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the man behind the emotionally rich debut film "Amores Perros," you may wonder if he knows what he wants. He does, and this film is satisfying in many ways. He is unashamed to immerse this tough-minded, episodic film noir in freshets of melodrama. Significantly, he knows the minute difference between being unashamed and being shameless, and because he knows how to keep things hopping — working from an intricate script by Guillermo Arrianga that has a novelistic texture — we watch a man with immaculate control of the medium. — Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times