A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Juan José Campanella
On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way.Written by
"Negro", the name "El Chivo" picks for his dog at the end of the movie is also the well-known nickname for the film's director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu. See more »
Prior to the crash, the car they are driving is a 1983 or 1984 Mercury Grand Marquis, which was sold in México under the Ford brand name. The car that actually crashes is a 1981 Ford Crown Victoria. See more »
[to his newfound dog, Blackie, after misbehaving]
It's not right, asshole!
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To Luciano: Because we also are what we have lost. Special Thanks to: "Abba, Pater" See more »
The following are from the deleted scenes on the DVD:
An alternate ending where the camera is outside the house where El Chivo was holding the two business partners hostage and two gunshots are heard.
A comedic and tender scene between Daniel and Valeria which would have come shortly after Valeria returned from the hospital. Valeria wakes up Daniel in the middle of the night to help her get to the bathroom.
A conversation between Daniel and Valeria in their apartment where Valeria reveals to the audience that she had an abortion.
A brief scene where Octavio bursts into Susanna's mother's apartment searching for her.
This movie is a must-to-see if you can get over the 'subtitles' fact. (I didn't have no problems with it because I understand Spanish). Personally I was really impressed by the quality, perfection, and superb acting of this Mexican movie. The movie consists of three different stories connected by one sole incident. Sometimes you will see the same scene from a different point of view. Or you'll see an out of place scene that will make sense later on. The script was exquisite, very loyal to the culture. The direction was brilliant keeping us interested from beginning to end. And the performances were excellent, so natural and real that you felt as if they were people you knew. Be aware there's extreme violence in this movie, and even though there were kids in the theater I went to, this is not a family movie. I don't recommend it for children if you are a responsible parent. This movie deserves an award.
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