Introduction to key themes and
• Director: Alejandro Inarritu
• Released: Summer 2000
• “A Mexican Pulp Fiction”
• Means ‘ Love is a Bitch’/ ‘Dog Love’. Ambiguity
of title in Spanish is important as ownership of
an animal is seen as a status symbol.
Indiginous Mexicans believed dogs to have a
Stereotypical Mexico in film pre
RURAL (apart from Los
Contemporary Mexico City post
• Hand held camera
• Sharp close ups
• Face paced editing
• Juxtaposition of contrasting images
• Film score
• Documentary feel
Give the film a very edgy feel
Move from rural to urban film making
1. 1968: Students and workers marched in protest
of government. This ended in massacre and
focused global attention on Mexico city.
2. 1985: Severe earthquake. Government was slow
to respond. Many people lost their homes. This
drew attention to geographical instability of
3. July 2000 (coincides with film release): PRI was
replaced by PAN/ Alliance for Change.
Political situation in Mexico
• PRI- (Institutional Revolutionary Party) had been in
power since 1929
• Known as “la dictadura perfecta” (Llosa-Mexican
• They were a symbol of corruption and fraud
• 1994 Economic crisis caused PRI to lose absolute
• 2000 first non PRI president elected since 1929
• 2000 election was won by PAN (National Action Party)/
Alliance for Change. They were led by Vincente Fox.
• 2012 PRI voted back in (disappointed with PAN rule)
Situation for film makers in Mexico
• 1990s: the government gave very little money to
fund films. In response more and more directors
were setting making films on small budgets/
setting up their own production companies.
• 1990s saw the rise of politically engaged films It
was from this that Amores Perros emerged.
“It’s a story that deals with human pain, love and
death- which make no distinction of social class.”
• Started his career as a radio DJ (reflects
contemporary feel of soundtrack)
• Then directed commericals
• Set up Zeta Films which helped to finance AP.
“A very political film, although not overtly so. At
the end of the day it portrays the effects of 70
odd years of an extremely authoritarian regime”