Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister-in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria's new-found bliss is prematurely ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision.
Festivals and awards:
Cannes, Toronto, Chicago, Tokyo. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at Academy Awards (Oscar), Golden Globes (Best Foreign Language Film, Mexico), Best First Feature (TFCA Award). Won 4 Goldern Ariel, 8 Silver Ariel, BAFTA Awards (Best Film not in English Language, AFI Fest (Outstanding Foreign Film – Audience Award), Outstanding Foreign Film, (ALMA AWARD), Oslo Films from the South Festival (Films from the South Award).