FILM 1166: AMORES PERROS
TRIVIA: Unlike most films, a disclaimer stating that no animals were harmed in the making of the movie comes at the beginning instead of being buried in the credits.
Controversial because of the fact it depicts dogfights, the dogs seen fighting each other were actually just playing. Careful editing makes it look a lot more vicious. Their muzzles were also covered with very fine fishing line so they were unable to bite each other.
Shot in some of the more dangerous parts of Mexico City. It was not uncommon for the production crew to be robbed by street gangs.
The first film in a loose trilogy of death, all directed by 'Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu' and written by Guillermo Arriaga. The next two films were _21 Grams_ and Babel (2006). Between them, all three films racked up 10 Academy Award nominations.
It took seven months to edit all the three story strands together to 'Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu''s satisfaction.
The title can be roughly translated into "Love's a Bitch", tying in with the relevance of dogs in each of the three separate story strands.
For the scenes where the dogs appeared to be dead or dying, the animals were actually heavily sedated under the careful eye of the Mexican ASPCA.