Y Tu Mama Tambien [DVD]
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Mexican teenagers Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael Bernal) are friends as close as brothers. When their girlfriends decamp to 'do Europe' for the summer, they decide to dedicate their time to the pursuit of sex and partying. At a wedding reception they cross paths with Luisa (Maribel Verdu) a young woman in her twenties but older than both boys. Immediately taken with her they invite her to take a roadtrip with them to an invented beach called 'Boca del Cielo' (Heaven's Mouth). Luisa declines but when a call from her husband confirms that he has been cheating on her, Luisa decides to take the boys up on their offer. As the trip is undertaken all three learn a lot about each other, not always happily, not always expected.
If you're in need of a teen road movie that's more than a collection of "tit-n-bum" jokes, then look no further than Y Tu Mama Tambien ("And Your Mother Too"). Alfonso Cuaron (yes, the director signed up for Harry Potter 3) has managed to create a sexy road movie without a single cheerleader popping up in anyone's bed. Instead he brings together a strong cast of Spanish/Mexican actors--including the rising star Gael García Bernal and the enigmatic Maribel Verdú--with a heady mixture of dusty roads and raging hormones.
Leaving the poverty and grim reality of Amores Perros (the other hit Mexican movie of recent times, also starring Bernal) far behind, Y Tu Mama Tambien is set among the upper classes where two teenage friends, Julio and Tenoch, are left in a state of limbo when their girlfriends take a trip to Europe. But rather than resting on their laurels, they choose to chase a much bigger prize: Tenoch's cousin's wife, Luisa. When she takes up their offer to go on a trip to a mystical beach, the boys can't believe their luck; little do they know that Luisa is using them as a means to run away and forget. Here begins the boys' trip towards adulthood as they learn to control their hormones, jealousies and selfishness. Y Tu Mama Tambien's explicit scenes are more than mere titillation, just as the plot is more than a simple sex comedy. --Nikki Disney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Teenage sexoholics Julio and Tenoch desperately attempt to seduce older woman Luisa with a promise of a road trip to a mythical beach called Heaven's Mouth. On the way, the three compadres discover hatred, jealousy, love and alienation. And they have lots and lots of sex.
This is an incredibly sexy film in every way. Cuaron lingers over the young and beautiful stars without being perverse, allowing us to appreciate the positive and negative aspects of particularly Julio and Tenoch. Mexico is similarly revealed to us during their road trip, warts and all, violence and crime as much a part of their trip as the breathtaking scenery. The characters they meet shape their journey, and soon the audience is involved, willingly or not, in the events of the holiday.
This film is funny, smart, sensual and exotic. But above all, it is beautiful, and though the characters may seem repellent from the outset, by the time I reached the achingly poignant final meeting of Tenoch and Julio I had fallen in love, in different ways, with all three characters.
This film also provides a wonderful insight into Gael Garcia Bernal's rising talent.
I thoroughy recommend Y Tu Mama Tambien. Just don't watch it with your parents!
One word of warning though, this is a very rude film and certainly not for the prudish. Whatever, you need to see this film immediately, it is absolutely superb and the characters will stay with you for a very long time.
Two teenagers, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal from Amores Perros) and Tenoch, (Diego Luna) who spend time doing parties, grass, masturbating and experimentation to fulfil the voids in their lives. Privileged Tenoch is son to a politician and Julio son of a secretary, their friendship (charolastras) and subsequent code (as brilliant as it is simple) has been solid since birth. With little to do in a crowded city, the pair hoodwink an older relative's attractive wife- Luisa - (Maribel Verdu) to accompany them on a journey to 'Heaven's Mouth', a beach they have just made up in a hope to get lucky. To their surprise she accepts and not for the most obvious reasons and so it begins - one of the best movies of recent years. Eclipsing even the mighty 'Amores Perros' at the Mexican Box Office.
The characterisations are spot-on in this intelligent road movie and from the off set you are either gonna like it or hate it. Luna and Bernal clearly have a wail of a time, as they are best friends in real life, as such the chemistry is clear to observe. The pacing is fast, the conversations faster and the opening scene features an arse bobbing up and down in youthful coitus.Read more ›
But beneath this mask there is a fine character study through the development of relationships and conflicts, with a well-judged final twist that avoids the Hollywood habit of shaking the saccharin bottle too vigorously. Watch Y Tu Mama Tambien for this alone, even if you ignore the remainder.
I`ve seen this film several times, and it never palls. Once things get underway, it
becomes a road movie, but a beautifully directed and acted one. The now famous Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna play the two likely lads who both end up having sex with the more experienced Luisa (with limited success, at least from her point of view) and both are excellent. The actors` rapport (they`re best mates) and their naturalistic performances make their actions far more believable than they might otherwise have been in the hands of a director of less integrity and flair than Alfonso Cuaron.
Luisa is played to perfection by Maribel Verdu (who`s a little like a cross between Jane Birkin and Linda Fiorentino). Luisa is hiding a sad secret, which becomes clearer very late in the film, and is revelling in the chance to go `on the road` with these two young boys - which is pretty much what they are to her. She is a mixture of sophisticated and innocent, but the boys come to respect her, and a kind of catharsis is achieved, for the characters as well as the viewer.
The film is also genuinely erotic, the scenes of sex and nudity refreshingly lacking in coyness or voyeurism, and possessing an explicit but wholly credible realism one rarely finds in mainstream cinema. In other words, there is a humour and joy in the sexual scenes which, within the context of this free-wheeling tale, comes across as organic and far from prurient. Luisa may not be particularly satisfied (well, not at first) but we are - in a manner of speaking!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Julio & Tenoch are two teenagers in the infancy of the sexual experiences - they rut like bunnies but see themselves as sex Gods! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thespionic
this film is funny, entertaining ,sort o "pedro Almodovar" style.i love it.Published 13 months ago by martina
15 year olds may like it! The dialogue is dire, and so is most of the 'action'!Published 14 months ago by Duncan T
Road adventure with two boys on a summer break before going to university, who persuade an unhappy housewife to go along with them to visit a beautiful beach. Read morePublished 14 months ago by fastforwardfan