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The work of the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu can be certainly considered as a comprehensive, global outlook on the humanity. Most of his film show a chaotic macroworld that consists of numerous human beings, countless fates and stories. Worldwide recognition came to Iñárritu after the success of Babel, receiving the Academy Award in 2006 - this film is a global, worldwide outlook on the human relations. Nevertheless, the foundations of Iñárritu's exception style can be found in his debut work, Amores Perros, where the variety of Mexican society is meticulously demonstrated.
The majority of critics refer to Amores Perros as the "Mexican Pulp Fiction" - however, this opinion may seem slightly exaggerated, because, although the structure is indeed the same, Iñárritu presents a much more profound and serious perspective, as opposed to Tarantino's movie.
Three distinct stories are sequentially demonstrated in the movie - the story of Octavio and Susana; Daniel and Valeria; El Chivo and Maru. All of these three stories are linked by the car accident. The first story reveals a complicated relationship between Octavio, a young man, who tries to gain some profit on dog fighting, and Susana, his sister-in-law, who is an abused wife of his brother, Ramiro. The mutual affection seems to be an unresolved problem - while this plot is revolving, the detailed depiction of Mexican impoverished class' reality accompanies it. Also the cruelty of dog fighting is a demonstrated in this part. Octavio's dog is injured by a rival owner, who is stabbed by Octavio. Eventually, this segment ends with a car collision,
The tone of the second part is oppositely different - after the accident involving Octavio and Valeria, a model, the latter is heavily injured and placed into the wheelchair. She is the paramour of Daniel, magazine editor, who leaves his family. It is clear that the career of model is already impossible for Valeria. In addition to that, her dog Richie vanishes, by falling under the floorboards. The disappearance of dog exposes the discrepancies and conflicts between Daniel and Valeria.
The final part introduces a new character - El Chivo, a former guerrilla insurrectionist, currently a marginal vagrant, accompanied by a multitude of homeless dogs. He healed and gave a shelter to Octavio's dog - as a result, the fighting dog killed all other rivals. Nevertheless, El Chivo has to forgive him.
There is also his daughter, Maru, who doesn't know about the existence of her father. El Chivo had lost contact with her for more than 20 years. El Chivo is a hitman, among the other things, and he has an order. He captures the victim and also the client (as it turned out, they were half-brothers), while leaving them a gun to decide who has to be killed. El Chivo transfigures himself and leaves with the dog.
The variety of characters, the sophisticated, captivating plot - Iñárritu's work can be compared to a tremendous, thorough painting of Mexican muralist and artist Diego Rivera. The movie is great depiction of Mexican society and culture, a profound film that deals with the themes of human affection, loyalty, hatred, devotion and forgiveness.
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