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Amores perros is the most inspiring movie to come after the Quentein Tarantino classic, Pulp Fiction. Amores perros is at one level an extension to the QT classic. But at the other level it's all fresh. Written by Guillermo Arriaga and directed by Alejandero Gonzales Inarritu, amores perros is nothing but a gutsy and solid bit of brilliant filmmaking.
Amores perros tells three stories of life along the margins in Mexican City which converges into a gripping thriller with a fatal car accident. The film does have various references to the movies of the past. The non-linear narrative reminds of Pulp Fiction, while the red hoarding of the pretty model, Valeria, is much like that one seen in Krzysztof Kieslowski's classic Red. The character of El Chivo played brilliantly by Emilio Echevarria has references to Leon. The others in the cast, which includes Gael Garcia Bernal, have played their roles to perfection.Of the stories that unfold, the third story is emerges out from the rest as it alone provides the purpose of the film.
Though the movie is randomly paced, it does suit to the individual plot. The racy photography is another major highlight of the movie. The movie has been photographed with a hand-held camera by Rodrigo Prieto and it suits tremendously to the narrative of the film. The movie lasting 154 minutes is heavy in substance and rich in characters and atmosphere.
The title of the movie amores perros, loosely means Love is wretched(amor es perros is often translated as love's a bitch). The events that unfold are often caused by dogs. In a sense, dogs equally play an important role in the film. So the title may even mean Love is Dogs!
To conclude, not everyone may enjoy this thriller, but this modern masterpiece shows that life may be brutal and brief to some.


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