amores-perros3.jpgWith nothing much to do on a surprisingly lonely day I decide to and I quote “dig through my crates” of movies. The weather was a usual rainy day and I knew it was a perfect opportunity. I began rumbling through the comedies first and nothing really caught my attention. Being mostly a big Will Ferrell, and Doug Benson fan, and all the old comedy classics like the Laurel and Hardy movies, I had to many selections. I scrolled through the action and briefly through the drama. When I finally found the one. “Amores Perros”.

I am a huge follower and admirer of Latin cinema. Whether it’s from Mexico or Cuba or Spain they tend to carry this tremendous force of dramatic film making. Being a Film major I study movies all the time. People often refuse to watch them with me, because I tend to derail into the behind the scene mumbo jumbo sort of speak.

Amores Perros directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, one of Mexico’s premiere film makers. Also one of my favorites. The film takes place in the modern underground world of Mexico. Right away it takes you into the circumstances of the actions taken in this film. The movie divides it self into a three part novella with extraordinary turns and twists that tends to unravel at the end. The first of the three parts begins with the story of Octavio and Susana. Octavio played by one of Latin films new and now well established actors Gael Garcia Bernal is caught up in a world of trouble. He discovers his new found love for his brother’s girlfriend, who is pregnant. His brother is known as the local drug dealer/thief that everyone runs from. Octavio, knowing that the one thing she wants is to get out of Mexico and start a new life, he begins to fight his brother’s dog cofi (a black rotweiller) in the filthy warehouses of the city. After the twists unveil Octavio is back at square one. Alone.

The second story consists of Valeria and Daniel. Valeria is played by one of Spain’s leading lady Goya Toledo and Alvaro Guerrero who plays Daniel. The film starts to contort into her tragic story. Valeria is playing second girlfriend to Daniel’s wife with the hopes that he is ending his 20 year marriage soon. She is a juggling this with her illustrious Soap Opera career, which suddenly comes to an erupt ending when she is stricken with her tragic donation to this film. She is in a violent car accident which ends up paralyzing her legs and almost ending her life. The story starts to let lose as it begins to flash to all the characters in the story, suddenly grappling each scene into its third limb. The third addition is of also one of Latin cinema’s leading men Emilio Echevarria who plays the perfect assassin, by the name of El Chivo. Chivo’s story is one of the estranged father trying to earn his daughter’s heart. He had the ideal family until the death of his wife and separation from his daughter. Trying to make amends, he runs through the worst parts of Mexico as an assassin for hire. He rebels in the idea of saving enough money to leave behind for his daughter, and disappear for good. His touching story is tear jerking as he searches every emotion in order to reveal who he once was. A father.

Alejandro Inarritu has created a true cinematic masterpiece. Even though the film is in Spanish the English sub-titles match just perfectly. I love to watch Independent movies because they tend to take on the true origin of film making. The long master angles and the shaky hand held effects. The short pans and tilts, along with the over the shoulder camera angles that follow the actors with out cutting. The overly shadowed shots to create mystery. All traits carried and brought forth in Amores perros. I feel like in a world coiled in turmoil, movies become our savior. Giving us a different world to escape to, even if for an hour or two. Amores Perros is a classic in the U.S.A. and a legend in the world of Latin Cinema. A film that will inspire and motivate independent screenplay writers and directors to bring forth their best. Also the director of Babel.

A five star experience for sure!

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