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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.

The Behind the Scenes feature is an absolutely fascinating piece of filmmaking, giving a very real and lively account of the whole experience. Cuaron obviously had a relaxed and comfortable relationship with everyone on the set and it really looks as though a good time was had by all. We learn, for example that producer Jorge Vergara had no idea that he would actually appear in the film. His distinguished neck landed him the role of the President, we are told. Director Alfonso Cuarón became famous for saying ‘Who’s not ready?’ ‘Have a beer – I’ll stress out for you’ and ‘Who did it? I want names?’ We even get to see something that is usually kept out of such features - there’s a scene where disgruntled woman (face blurred out) is on the phone to the road police exclaiming her dismay and disbelief that the road is closed for the making of the movie. This feature has the same vibrancy and energy that made the movie so popular and is well worth a look.

Published August 21, 2003

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(And Your Mother Too)

CAST: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Marta Aura, Diana Bracho

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón

SCRIPT: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16 : 9 widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of Feature, trailer


DVD RELEASE: August 13, 2003

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