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"amores perros" (2000) - alejandro gonzález iñárritu
posted on 4-Mar-2002 by anton

it is an amazing debut by mexican alejandro gonzález iñárritu, gritty fast-paced picture with interlocking story lines that can remind you of "traffic". speaking of the latter, "amores perros" has the same wonderful sense of color - lush, saturated settings that best of all fit frantic pace of the movie. it is brutal, it is fast-paced, it is appropriately straightforward as far as the basic plot goes. each story line leads to the same conclusion that became the title of the movie. gruesome and raw, it has this peculiar sensuality that is instantly attractive. there is even a hint of charming naivety one warms up to amidst this exotic intense chaos. perhaps this is the appeal of extreme violence contrasted by extreme love and tragedy. it is a sledgehammer approach to an extent (something that could remind you of a relentless exploitation of "dancer in the dark" by trier), but devastatingly effective and far more sophisticated than aforementioned picture of dogma's theorist. somehow the story manages to balance sentimentality, love and extreme cruelty. as a side note, it was strange to realize that scenes of dog mutilations were far more unsettling than any of those involving people.

we have everything here that a modern "hip" picture might offer - a superb sense of color, fast cut-up montage, uncomfortably raw close-ups on urban settings, unretouched faces of characters, violence - it is everything that is quickly becoming a trend, but this film manages to pull it off with undeniable style and talent. it has a certain pathos, the sense of it remaining true to itself (escaping cliché plot devices) that allows it to escape its crippled american peers.


 
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