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Y Tu Mama Tambien
- Daniel Gimene Cacho

Overview - This beautifully filmed, expertly acted movie about two 17-year-old, middle-class Mexican boys on summer break is deceivingly complex. The basic plot of the film is that best friends Tenoch (Diego Luna, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal, AMORES PERROS), who think of nothing but sex, convince a beautiful 28-year-old woman, Luisa (Maribel Verdu), to go on a road trip with them to a nonexistent beach.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This beautifully filmed, expertly acted movie about two 17-year-old, middle-class Mexican boys on summer break is deceivingly complex. The basic plot of the film is that best friends Tenoch (Diego Luna, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal, AMORES PERROS), who think of nothing but sex, convince a beautiful 28-year-old woman, Luisa (Maribel Verdu), to go on a road trip with them to a nonexistent beach. They get lost. They flirt and giggle and fawn over Luisa hoping to win her over with their boyish charms. And that's about it. But that simple plotline merely provides structure for the poetry and meaning that is woven into the film with photography and narration. Periodically throughout the film, while the action continues normally, the sound stops. A voice over then gives information--sometimes a brief biography of one of the characters (birth date, name of father and mother, consequences of birth, primary childhood experiences), or a note about what each of the characters is really thinking, or a news report or historical comment that brings Mexico's tangled politics into the context of daily life. Never is the voice connected to a character in the film. It simply floats. Meanwhile, underwater photography, roving shots of the Mexican countryside, and affectionate close-ups on the characters communicate a solemnness that is not present in the plot. All of these pieces fit together easily, resulting in an excellent, whole, thoughtful film.

Cast List

Amy J. Kaufman
Amy Kaufman
Maribel Verdú - Spanish actress, PAN'S LABYRINTH
Alfonso Cuaron - Mexican director
Carlos Cuaron - Screenwriter, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
Jorge Vergara - Producer, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
Ana Lopez Mercado - Mexican actress, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
Diego Luna - Mexican Actor, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
Sergio Aguero - Executive Producer, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
David Linde - executive producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Emmanuel Lubezki
Annette Fradera - Music, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
Gael Garcia Bernal - Actor, AMORES PERROS (2000)
Liza Richardson - Music, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
  • Run Time: 106
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515124119
  • Genre: Foreign Video - Spanish/Misc.
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: August 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Spanish

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Friends
Buddies
Live-Action
Politics
Racy
On-The-Road
Recommended
Military
Theatrical Release
Mexico
Road Trips
Teenage Fantasy Adventure
Bisexuality
Beaches
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
This film screened in September 2001 as part of the 39th New York Film Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

Reviews:
"...[Cuaron] works with a quicksilver fluidity, and the movie is fast, funny, unafraid of sexuality and finally devastating..." - 03/15/2002 New York Times, p.E13


"...Cuaron introduces some deft social commentary about the inequities of his native land....It's delightfully uninhibited..." - 04/01/2002 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.40-1


"...Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling..." - 04/11/2002 Rolling Stone, p.138


"...An erotic tale of sexual awakening, a bittersweet coming-of-age story and a commentary on class differences....Visually arresting and heart-rending..." - 04/12/2002 USA Today, p.5E


"...It's beautiful to look at; more importantly, it's invigorating to experience..." - 04/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.40


"...A smart, spicy road-tripper....Cuaron should be applauded for blending light comedy and dark drama so smoothly..." - 05/01/2002 Total Film, p.106


"...Outrageous without being offensive, provocatively and unapologetically sexual, alive to the possibilities of life and cinema, Alfonso Cuaron's Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN is a sophisticated film..." - 03/15/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...A film of unexpected richness....Adult, thoughtful, frank, bold..." - 07/21/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"This glorious film locates its characters' buried feelings, puts their hedonism in historical context, speaks of Mexico's tragic past and glimpses its chancy but hopeful future." - 02/18/2011 Wall Street Journal

 
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