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A Mexico City car accident and the fortunes of a dog bring together three stories of love, loss, and redemption in director/producer Gonzalez Inarritu's impressive feature debut. Octavio's love for his brother's wife leads him to enter his dog, Cofi, in a dogfight for elopement money. When Cofi is wounded, it leads to a car chase, and the central accident. A woman, Valeria, is injured and permanently scarred in the accident. This affects her beau, who has just left his family to be with her. A homeless man, a former revolutionary turned hitman, witnesses the crash and rescues the dog, who becomes a part of his search for his estranged daughter. The plot structure invites comparisons to Tarantino, but these characters inhabit a more consequences-and-morality-oriented world than Q's characters ever did. Film came under fire from animal rights activists for the dogfight scenes, although it was made clear from the start that no animals were actually harmed.

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Available on Running time 153 minutes. Originally from Mexican.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Mexico, Homeless, King of Beasts (Dogs), Hit Men/Women, Betrayal, Jealousy, Brothers & Sisters, Flashback, Romantic Triangles
Screenplay
Guillermo Arriaga
Cast
Vanessa Bauche, Emilio Echeverria, Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Alvaro Guerrero, Jorge Salinas, Marco Perez, Rodrigo Murray, Humberto Busto, Gerardo Campbell, Rosa Maria Bianchi, Dunia Saldivar, Adriana Barraza
Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto
Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Music
Gustavo Santaolalla
Other
Martin Hernandez, Lynn Fainchtein, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Luis Carballar, Fernando Perez Unda, Gabriela Diaque, Brigitte Broch
Producer
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Altavista, Zeta Films, Lions Gate Films

Awards

British Acad. 2001: Foreign Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 2001: Foreign Film.

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