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The characteristics of violence need to be cultivated properly Too much or too little violence has the potential of limiting the success of a film Amores Perros and City of God successfully use the six different types of screen violence to make movies that capture the audiences hearts without turning them off with hard-to-swallow images Betrayal and the involvement of animals play important roles and facilitate the story lines of each film The combination of these three dynamic characteristics and the excellent use of cinematography come together to make two riveting films The first three minutes of Amores Perros kicks off with a car chase that ends with four injured characters Several of the main characters are introduced within these three minutes The accident is a little hard to grasp but as the storyline progresses and later scenes make what happened in the very beginning easier to understand Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu reverses several scenes in Amores Perros Rather than starting from the beginning he shows a crucial scene from the end of the film By using this technique of reverse chronology it gives Amores Perros another level of excitement A film this long needs key elements to capture and retain the viewers attention The director splits the entire film into three parts Each section follows the lives of Octavio Valeria and El Chivo Their lives are brought together by the car crash and the animals they love whom they share characteristics with The shot immediately following the car crash shows Jarocho participating in dog fighting Then the scene cuts to Susana accidentally letting Cofi out Octavio is finally introduced and his life leading up to the accident is panned out Susana is married to Ramiro Octavios older brother The three live with Octavios mother The first example of betrayal comes when Octavio asks Susana to fun away with him She resists but eventually warms up to the idea of starting a life with Ocativo
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