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Y Tu Mamá También
cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Diego Luna

writer, producer and director: Alfonso Cuarón

101 minutes (18) 2001
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[released 7 October]

RATING: 9/10
reviewed by Mike Philbin
Poor old American movie upbringing, get one taste of the Hollywood product and all other non-Californian bounty seems low-budget, low-impact, low-cliché, low-attitude by comparison. Good, right?

Well, no. This is one of the reasons why I review these sorts of movies. Hopefully there is someone out there willing to give the new form a try. Shuffle off your immortal coil of blockbuster choking blockbuster to death in a never ending mud-wrestle for your attention - it's like that old Saturday morning TV show I watched as a kid. Why don't you -?

In the case of Y Tu Mamá También, why don't you stop watching that dreadful over-scripted US product and get your f/x-addled mind around something far more horrific. True culture shock.

Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) are the best of buddies, they share everything - well almost everything, but more of that later... They invent a perfect beach called Heaven's Mouth and hatch a plan to fuck the wife of their cousin they meet at a family birthday party. These two little rutting dogs know nothing about life; they are wasters who need to be taught a lesson. Where Hollywood would almost certainly wind them a plot about their families being taken hostage or their sisters being raped and killed on the last subway through hell-town to slap them into the path of reality's blaring juggernaut horn, director Cuarón goes all Mexican.

The cousin's wife Luisa (Maribel Verdú), has been scorned by her philandering husband, and there's nothing more furious than a woman scorned. She takes the boys under her seductive wing and the movie cavorts through the poverty and corruption riddled desert towards the sea. There is a storytelling technique similar to that used as contact-parody in Run Lola, Run. But here it is used in a refreshing way to convey the honesty in a movie dripping with personal lies and psychological deceit.

This is a slow-paced, erotically charged, charming movie full of true-life consequences. The bitter onion layers of both the young men and the ever-tearful Luisa are revealed as the plot draws them tactically further apart then ultimately closer together.