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Amores Perros

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gripping but gory subtitled drama isn't for the squeamish.

Movie R 2000 154 minutes
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Acclaimed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's first feature, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001, is as gripping and thought-provoking as it is harsh and hard to watch. He takes an unblinking, cynical look at the ways love can hit you like a head-on collision and leave you as emotionally wounded as the victims of his literal car crash are damaged physically. Violence, blood, and gore abound, against both humans and dogs. But the compelling characters and top-notch acting make the film well worth viewing, if only for mature viewers who can handle the strong content and who aren't at all squeamish.

The now-familiar structure of starting with the crash, going back through events leading up to it, and then moving forward to follow its impact on the large cast, works well here. It manages to build and maintain suspense while keeping the viewer engaged in trying to put the puzzle pieces together. Overall, Amores Perros raises a lot of questions about love and how it treats us, how we treat dogs, how or if we recover when fate deals us a blow, and many more questions worth thinking about.

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