the movie Amores Perros

the movie Amores Perros

This week’s film brings together many of the threads we’ve been discussing all semester: class inequality, gendered power relations, and violence. As discussed in the reading and the lecture, the film is very much a product of its particular moment, both stylistically and politically, and thus raises many questions. The director, Alejandro González Iñárritu has gone on after this critically acclaimed film to make a number of big budget Hollywood hits, most recently winning the coveted Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant. González Iñárritu himself has come to symbolize a new respect on the part of U.S. and global critics and audiences for Latin American culture and film, even while political antagonism between the United States and Mexico has grown in the last few years. For our discussion, we should consider a number of perennial questions:

How does art relate to politics, in this case the politics of neoliberalism (free trade and small government)?

What is the place of violence in cinema? Does the depiction of violence in Amores Perros reduce Latin America to a violent essence, as the article suggests?

The article suggests that the film has a “conservative morality,” showing violence as the result of individual transgression (adultery or family abandonment) instead of having fundamentally social causes. Do you think this is the case for each of these intertwined stories? Could you make a different case?
and please make sure your comments bring in specific details from the film):

consider the above questions for the film section on Octavio and Susana.

Secondarily, what is the role of the depiction of animals in this subplot (especially the Rottweiler Cofi)?

answer in a paragraph and a half

1. Briefly describe SHC’s principal line(s) of business.
2. What are the main risk factors that the firm faces?
3. What happened to revenues and same store sales in 2013? Briefly discuss the principal factors that affected the company’s revenues and comparable store sales in 2013.
4. Briefly discuss how SHC plans to realign (or restructure) their business operations?
5. How does the firm plan to enhance its financial flexibility?

Questions based on your financial ratio calculations:

6. Did the firm’s liquidity improve between 2011 and 2013? What factors contributed to this trend? Explain.
7. Based on your analysis of the 2011 and 2013 financial ratios, did SHC’s profitability improved?
8. What happened to SHC’s “efficiency ratios” between 2011 and 2013? What factors explain these trends?

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