Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too)(2001)
"La vida tiene sus maneras de enseñarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de confundirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de cambiarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de asombrarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de herirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de curarnos. La vida ti"In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
Last Tango in Mexico
In many ways Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien" reminds me of the
desolation theme of Bernardo Bertolucci's "Ultimo tango a Parigi" (1972) and
the deceptive perspective of Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura." (1960).
Raging post-adolescent hormonal drives seem to propel Julio and Tenoch
forward, with little else of substance to account for. Likewise, Luisa's
motivation seems more despair- than romance-driven. Thus, the trio's trek
in search of the idyllic Boca del Cielo is reminiscent of the forlorn
lovers' quest for emotional fulfillment in the Bertolucci
Comparison with the Antonioni opus stems from Cuaron's script seemingly
being about a carefree, liberated trio on a journey for fun, when in fact,
it's really about escape from their own worst "enemies"--themselves.
After a particularly talky beginning (complete with abundant narrations) the
film settles in on its main theme, and the dialogue becomes more pointed.
While the camera work is generally appropriate, Cuaron tends to rely on
long- to medium-shots, with nary a close-up.
The result of this is a somewhat distant enactment, in which the viewer is
held a bit at arm's length from the action. One seldom gets close enough to
become intimately acquainted with these people. In the end, one is touched
by important revelations which are crucial to understanding that which has
transpired. Yet, the viewer's emotional involvement is perhaps less than
what it might have been, given closer perspectives.
This film obviously impressed many people, and I must agree the work by the
principles is uniformly solid. This is a "last tango" which has made its
mark as a distinctive film work.