Alfonso Cuaron is an extremely talented director, all his films to date have proved that. 'Children of Men' is especially good, have always have had a huge soft spot for 'A Little Princess', 'Prisoner of Azkaban' is one of the best directed films of the 'Harry Potter' franchise and as polarising as 'Gravity' is there is no denying that Cuaron's direction and the visuals were exceptional.
'Y Tu Mama Tambien' is not quite Cuaron's best and is not for everybody, as can be seen by the reviews here. While not everything works, to me 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' was a near-masterpiece of a film. It is a little slow at the beginning that one is almost deterred from watching further. The second flaw is that while amusing and informative at times the deadpan narration (one of the components that has garnered the biggest mix of love and hate) is a little heavy-handed and over-explanatory, it could have been used less and wasn't always necessary.
Just for the record have nothing against narration. There are instances has been used well in film (a notable recent example was 'Gone Girl' where it was crucial to the story) but others where it has been poorly done (the animated film 'Rock a Doodle' for instance had very annoying narration).
However, 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' is a beautifully made film. The scenery is absolutely majestic and the clever and often dazzling photography, which has Cuaron's stylistic touches all over it, complements it brilliantly. Nothing to complain about Cuaron's directing either, he is a master of visuals and mood and interaction and conflicts are also brought out believably.
Scripting has a great mix of humour, emotion and insight. Parts of 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' are very funny, others are genuinely moving and it has a lot to say about society, the economy and such and all in an insightful way. Much of it is very uplifting too. The same can be said for the story, which has a slow start but once it gets going and if stuck with it's very absorbing and layered. The sex scenes are raunchy and sensual, not feeling gratuitous or misplaced.
Characters have been criticised for not being likable, in a way that's true but there are times where it is clear that they weren't meant to be. They are however compelling in their realism and relatable. Luisa is the most interesting and most well-developed. The acting is strong, Maribel Verdu in particular being a revelation though Gael Garcia Bernal proves himself to be a rising star.
In conclusion, a great film and a near-masterpiece. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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In Mexico City, late teen friends Tenoch Iturbide and Julio Zapata are feeling restless as their respective girlfriends are traveling together through Europe before they all begin the next phase of their lives at college. At a lavish family wedding, Tenoch and Julio meet Luisa Cortés, the twenty-something wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, the two who have just moved to Mexico from Spain. Tenoch and Julio try to impress the beautiful Luisa by telling her that they will be taking a trip to the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo (translated to Heaven's Mouth),the trip and the beach which in reality don't exist. When Luisa learns of Jano's latest marital indiscretion straight from the horse's mouth, she takes Tenoch and Julio's offer to go along on this road trip, meaning that Tenoch and Julio have to pull together quickly a road trip to a non-existent beach. They decide to head toward one suggested by their friend Saba, who seems a little confused himself of this beach's location. On the road trip, which ends up not being totally harmonious, the three go on a trip of discovery. For Luisa, she has to figure out what to do with her immediate future based on the news from Jano and a secret she is keeping. And Tenoch and Julio have to figure out what their friendship really means as they grow up.
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