'Amores Perros': Hispanic Heritage Month Must-See Movies

As we near the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, we'd like to honor Mexican psychological drama "Amores Perros" as our final must-see movie.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Amores Perros: Hispanic Heritage Month Must-See Movies

© Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

Today we're celebrating the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film that started Alejandro González Iñárritu's iconic "Trilogy of Death." The must-see movie we're recommending you watch for Hispanic Heritage Month is "Amores Perros."

The Film

"Amores Perros" shows us three different characters living completely different lives. And yet, they're somehow all connected by one car accident in Mexico City. The other things that these stories have in common are blood, violence, and dogs. What makes each of their stories different is their varying levels of economic social class.

Our first character Octavio is a young teen living in a working-class neighborhood. He's trying to pay his way forward through life by using his rottweiler, Cofi, for dogfighting. His dog seems to be unstoppable getting deeper and deeper into the fight scene and earning more money. After he agrees to a private dogfight, things end up going sideways. This results in Octavio leaving and being chased by another car until he ultimately ends up in a crash.

© Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

Now, we meet our second and third characters, a Spanish supermodel named Goya Toledo and professional hitman who goes by El Chivo. Goya is the driver of the car that Octavio collides with. This collision ends up leaving her with a life-changing injury. And El Chivo is just a bystander who was about to perform his next hit. Instead of doing so, he picks up Octavio's wounded dog and takes him home. He later finds that he and the dog have much more in common than he originally thought.

Hispanic Heritage Month Connections

The film won the Ariel Award for Best Picture which is the highest award given to a single film from the Mexican Academy of Film. It also earned a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. Furthermore, the flick played a major role in bringing attention to and criticizing the barbaric and inhuman practice of dog fighting in Mexico. Dog fighting was eventually prohibited in Mexico on June 24, 2017.

Why You Should See It

We picked "Amores Perros" as our final must-see movie for Hispanic Heritage Month for many reasons. The movie utilizes a unique style of filmmaking known as hyperlink cinema. Essentially there are three narratives within this picture that have their own independent storylines. But they're also all connected by a singular event. Also, director Alejandro González Iñárritu directed two other films, "21 Grams" and "Babel," that follow this film and collectively make up his infamous "Death Trilogy." Another reason to check out this Oscar-nominated film is that it features Gael García Bernal in his first ever feature film. It's also the first feature film that Alejandro G. Iñárritu ever directed. And even though it's certainly a gritty film that can sometimes be tough to watch, it offers some incredible lessons and ironic scenarios.

Did You Know

You might be surprised to learn that this film was shot in some dangerous parts of Mexico City. The production crew was even robbed by street gangs on occasion. On a lighter note, the music video for the song "By The Way" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers was inspired by the opening scene with the car chase sequence. One more fun fact - the man who plays the bus driver when Gael García Bernal is about to get on the bus is Bernal's father, José Ángel García.

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Amores Perros



April 13, 2000

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