Y Tu Mama Tambien
Life has its ways of teaching
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 19, 2014
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuarón
- Two new pieces on the making of the film, featuring interviews, recorded at the time of production and in 2014, with actors Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdú; Alfonson Cuarón; cowriter Carlos Cuarón; and Lubezki
- New interview with philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the film's social and political aspects
- On-set documentary from 2001
- Deleted scenes
- You Owe Me One (2002), a short film by Carlos Cuarón
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna & Maribel Verdú|
|Performer:||Ana Lopez Mercado|
|Directed by||Alfonso Cuarón|
|Narrated by||Daniel Giménez Cacho|
|Screenwriting by||Carlos Cuarón & Alfonso Cuarón|
|Produced by||Alfonso Cuarón & Jorge Vergara|
|Director of Photography:||Emmanuel Lubezki|
|Executive Production by||Sergio Aguero, David Linde & Amy J. Kaufman|
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.
Wall Street Journal
The movie has an emotional kick that lingers like a primal memory. When the year is over, Cuaron's film will be remembered as one of 2002's finest. Full Review
...An erotic tale of sexual awakening, a bittersweet coming-of-age story and a commentary on class differences....Visually arresting and heart-rending...
Rating: 4.5/5 -- ... a coming-of-age film with startling emotional depth and complexity, set against the backdrop of class differences in Mexico. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Part travelogue, part road picture, part meditation on class, mortality and intimacy, this extraordinary little movie might be the perfect harbinger of summer, as astute as it is steamy.
...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...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 4/4 -- A sexy and often comical road trip that demonstrates how personal agendas and insecurities sabotage and corrupt not just personal but political ideals. Full Review
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
Adventure | Friends | Buddies | Live-Action | Politics | Racy | On-The-Road | Recommended | Military | Theatrical Release | Mexico | Road Trips | Teenage Fantasy Adventure | Bisexuality | Beaches | Essential Cinema
- 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.
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