Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael García Bernal) are two Mexican teenagers whose girlfriends have just gone to Italy for the summer holidays. When they meet up with Luisa (Maribel Verdú), the wife of a distant relation, they jokingly suggest she joins them on a weekend trip to a remote and beautiful beach – which they invent. When her husband confesses by phone that he has been unfaithful to her, Luisa suddenly and expectedly calls the boys and agrees to drive to the beach with them. But what they don’t know is just what a journey it’s going to be.
Review by Louise Keller:
A raunchy and amusing road movie, Y Tu Mama Tambien is an entertaining and often frivolous exploration of sexuality. For the two young testosterone-charged teenage boys, who only have sex on their mind, the revelations that unfold concerning with whom they have slept, is very much part of the growing up process. They constantly talk about sex, their girlfriends’ satisfaction and they even masturbate simultaneously, while lying on parallel springboards at the local swimming pool. When they meet the curvaceous Luisa, whose husband epitomises everything the boys aspire to – a successful writer – they are bewitched by the whole package. Of course it helps that she is sexy and sassy, and it’s not surprising that they start to fantasise about her. While their plans may not be honourable, they are certainly not expecting her to seduce them both. For Luisa, who has an agenda of her own, her husband’s infidelities make sex almost a dirty word, and this is her revenge, even though we are not aware of the full ramifications until the story unfolds. So while the boys’ sexual adventure is just that - a frivolous curiosity, for Luisa the implications lie on a much more serious level. Issues of life and death cloud those of sexual freedom and prowess. Alfonso Cuarón has created a wonderful sense of place, and the settings simply reek with mood and ambiance. As they journey to the fictitious beach called Heaven’s Mouth, cows wander across the road, locals are chopping vegetables at the side of the street, and we feel as though we are there. Then as the trip progresses, the sexual confessions become more honest and revealing, culminating in a hilarious three-some sexual encounter. There’s plenty of nudity and raucous sex, but rather than passion, these scenes have comic edges. Just like the opening scene, when copulating couples are trying to avoid discovery by the parents, or in a later scene when Luisa seduces both boys individually. Y Tu Mama Tambien offers a snapshot into three lives at a time that has great significance for them all. Although frivolity sits on the edge of tragedy, we walk away feeling a vital exuberance from the characters, the witty script and the outcome.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Everything Louise says is spot on and well observed; certainly there is a raucous element to the film in both style and substance, which tips some of the graphic scenes into the comedic instead of soft porn. The performances are contagious with energy and life, but the stylistic flourishes are like interruptions, asides from an unknown narrator, and serve little purpose. In fact they seem like artificial devices and were better done to greater effect in Run Lola Run. While the dynamics of the film hold our attention and the actors are compelling, the final revelation is not quite enough for me to feel satisfied that the investment in the film was paid off. There is a lingering sense of ‘is that all there is’ which detracts from a film whose many parts are often more effective in isolation than when strung together. I enjoyed the experience but I would have liked the script to deliver a little more complexity.
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Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (R)
(And Your Mother Too)
CAST: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Marta Aura, Diana Bracho
PRODUCER: Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Vergara
DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón
SCRIPT: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Emmanuel Lubezki
EDITOR: Alfonso Cuarón, Alex Rodríguez
MUSIC: Natalie Imbruglia (song)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Marc Bedia, Miguel Ángel Álvarez
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 22, 2002
RIVERSIDE SCREEN PREMIERES
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on 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starts February 17, 2015 at Riverside Theatre,
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