And Your Mother Too
Put some clothes on. Julio (Bernal) doesn't have a care in the world ... yet
22nd Shadows Awards Y Tu Mamá También

dir Alfonso Cuaron
scr Carlos Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron
with Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdu, Andres Almeida, Silverio Palacios, Juan Carlos Remolina, Diana Bracho, Marta Aura, Ana Lopez Mercado, Emilio Echevarria, Liboria Rodriguez, Arturo Rios
release US 15.Mar.02; UK 12.Apr.02
01/Mexico 1h45

4½ out of 5 stars
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and your mother too This energetic tale of hormones out of control uses offbeat filmmaking to capture the feel of life for two 17-year-old boys ... without ever forgetting that there are more serious issues at hand. Julio and Tenoch (Bernal and Luna) are best friends in Mexico City whose girlfriends have flown off to Europe for the summer. They have both vowed chastity, but they seethe with desire for almost every girl they meet, especially Luisa (Verdu), age 28 and the wife of Tenoch's philandering cousin (Remolina). When she decides to finally leave her husband, she calls the boys and asks them to take her to their favourite beach. And they're off on a road trip, during which Julio and Tenoch will test their friendship to the limits ... and beyond. And they'll also find out a thing or two about women.

Cuaron and his gifted cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki join forces (see also A Little Princess) to create a film that looks stunning, capturing natural beauty while never forgetting earthy reality. This is an almost overwhelmingly sensual film as these people struggle with how they interact with each other and nature; the frequent nudity and sexual encounters add to our understanding--and make us feel these things along with them. Bernal (Amores Perros), Luna (Before Night Falls) and Verdu (Belle Epoque) play the characters perfectly--these are real people we believe in. They're also are deceptively complex roles--outwardly fun-loving yet struggling deeply against the harsh realities of growing up, failed relationships and other issues we discover later. The only thing that snaps us out of the action is the omnipresent (and omniscient) narrator, cutting in everywhere with little observations that carry meaning but continually distance us, reminding us we're watching a story about someone else just when we thought we were seeing ourselves up there.
themes, language, nudity, sex, drugs cert 18 5.Mar.02

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and your mother too send your review to Shadows... "This is an absolute work of art. There is something universal about the humanity of this film and at the same time an aspect that only one who has lived in Mexico can understand. While most people can relate to the coming-of-age and human relationships in the story, the political side adds an extra layer that give the film an extra dose of reality. The actors are so natural it gives the film an almost documentary feel to it. To combine these aspects in such a seemless manner and not have the audience feel toyed with or shy away is the work of a born director. My hat's off to Mr Cuaron." --Daniel, Mexico 18.Apr.02
© 2002 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall