May 17, 2009

And Your Mama Too!


Thanks to TVO, Ontario’s public broadcaster, we watched a sexy movie last night. -Y tu mamá también. This Mexican film is a buddy/road movie, involving two friends just finishing high school. Through a series of twists and turns, the over-sexed boys end up taking an older voluptuous cousin (by marriage) on a road trip to a non-existent beach.

They get into a precarious sexual predicament with the older woman. Hi-jinks ensue and emotion interrupts the boy’s friendship.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. The male leads are cute without being overly handsome. The dialogue struck me as genuine smutty boy-talk. The sex (how’d they do that??) looked so real and too true. Nothing is stereotypical and nothing is glorified. There is no happy ending.

I felt a little uncomfortable watching this with my teenaged son. But I’ll tell you what - this coming of age movie (god, how I hate that term) seemed so true and honest I couldn’t object. Real life trumps Hollywood anytime. And real life was what this movie represented.

Y tu mamá también was directed by Alfonso Cuarón who ended up directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The film orignally came in '01, so I'm a bit slow on the uptake. The film stars Diego Luna, who was the teenaged lover in Frida, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maribel Verdú, who I last saw as Rocio in the Spanish film Belle Epoque.

I’d recommend this film to anyone who likes movies with European sensibilities and who’s over the age of 18!!

Mum – this one’s too sexy for you!!

11 comments:

Brian Miller said...

interesting, will check it out.

Aleksandra said...

Great film!Greetings Sandra

Sandra Leigh said...

I went googling to see whether the movie is in Spanish or English, and I didn't find that information. What I did find was a list of plot keywords as long as my screen is tall. I feel so old. :>/

So is it in Spanish w/ subtitles or in English?

The Clever Pup said...

Sandra, sorry I should have said.

It's Spanish with English Subtitles.

dogimo said...

It is a good movie! Saw it in the theater those several years ago. Beautifully shot. Mexico is gorgeous!

And, uh, other things. Yes, a good movie as I recall!

One with a great deal of heart.

Sandra Leigh said...

Thank you - I wondered, because you referred to the dialogue, and I wasn't sure whether you spoke Spanish.

tony said...

I,ve not seen it yet.Thanks for the Tip.I will check it out.

Diane said...

I've always meant to get around to seeing this movie - will make it a point!
btw I liked your butterfly story. Too bad you didn't become part of their annual stop-over....

rosedale's 4 head said...

This is a fantastic movie. Seen it 3 or 4 times. Owned it after the fourth. It made a big cinema splash...! It's one of those I pull out when nothing is on cable, or t.v. and we're doing nothing else...rare, but it does happen...

Great post - It is a highly recommended see!!!

Penney said...

Your "Trudie" pastel came out really great!!
I can relate to watching movies with a son that age. (I have 2 ! Shaw shank Redemption, Prince of Tides?)
Hard to do, but I believe it opens many channels of communication in your relationship. Good for you!
Penney

Polly said...

I've heard of this film so much but I've never seen it. I will now! I love Spanish cinema and, sadly, I am over 18... Thanks!