Monday, August 18, 2014

Movie of the Week – Y Tu Mama Tambien

This week’s movie: Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Best friends Tenoch and Julio are having a somewhat boring summer with their girlfriends away in Europe; however when an attractive older woman named Luisa takes them up on an offer to embark on a road trip to a remote beach, the two jump at the opportunity. The road trip becomes much more, testing the limits of their friendship.

The film is auteur Alfonso Cuaron’s breakthrough release, garnering international praise leading to him being hired to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Cuaron works with his usual collaborators including co-writer Carlos Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, as well as production designers Marc Bedia and Miguel Angel Alvarez.

Y Tu Mama Tambien has a lot of the same energy and comedy found in Cuaron’s early work, particularly Love in the Time of Hysteria. The film, though, is much more philosophically deep and features wonderfully developed characters. If anything, it is a character piece about two young men leaving adolescence and becoming adults. There are growing pains during this transition as we change and are awoken to new experiences and parts of ourselves. Even the best of friends can grow apart during this transition. The film features resonating drama and very funny moments, both of which speak to the audience as they draw upon their own experiences growing up. It is a superb film from one of the best active writer-directors working today.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video On-Demand

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