The extraordinary feature debut of Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel, Birdman, The Revenant), Amores Perros interweaves three stories connected by a horrific car crash and its aftermath. Powerful and gripping, and featuring an exhilarating soundtrack, this blast of New Mexican Cinema seemed to come from nowhere, also introducing us to another new talent in captivating young actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
The first story concerns Octavio, a young man in love with his pregnant sister-in-law Susana. To raise money to run off with her, he ‘borrows’ his brother’s pitbull for a series of vicious dogfights. Second is the story of Daniel, who leaves his wife for a model, whose looks are subsequently ruined in the crash. The third story centres on El Chivo, a dog-loving homeless man and former communist terrorist now working as a hitman, but still obsessed with the daughter he abandoned for the cause.