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Y Tu Mama Tambien

A movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón

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'Y Tu Mama Tambien' is a stylistic triumph from first moment to last.

  • Feb 9, 2006
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This film is frank and honest with the viewer from the opening to the close. "Y Tu Mama Tambien" totally focuses on the whole universe around sex. Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) really think they have it all figured out but Luisa ( Maribel Verdu) really shows them the ways on how to truly appreciate a woman sexually. It undoubtedly revolve around sexuality that is quite perverse. It shows male behavior as it coincides with who he has sex with and how he pleases himself. Luisa, however, wants to teach them about how to treat women in a way that is more intimate.

I will say that this film really raised my eyebrows. I don't come across a film very often that really understands the norms and peculiarity of male subjects like this film does. While the full frontal nudity and unashamed sexual acts performed on screen may be disturbing to an American audience, Mexican cinema seems to embrace sexuality with open arms. While they do not leave anything to the imagination, the sex scenes throughout are beautifully orchestrated. These scenes absorb the magnificence of sexual attraction and the inhibition that comes along with this temptation.

There are of course other layers to this film. It is an odyssey (or road trip) through Mexico and you see the signs of a badly impoverished and wildly policed environment. The film really displays the growth of the young men as well as the complex sexuality and maturity of a woman who wants to show Julio and Tenoch ways to better themselves toward the opposite sex. Maribel Verdu is excellent as the complex woman who truly comes to terms with who she is and wants to be. The film has a surprising element between the two teens that I never saw coming.
Feel their pleasure and feel their pain. "Y Tu Mama Tambien" is one of those rare, character-driven gems that definitely works on many levels that's truly worth having.

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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...
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