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Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

In Y Tu Mama Tambien, director Alfonso Cuaron has made a truthfully open Mexican road picture, just the opposite of the lusty, raucous teen comedy, 40 Days and 40 Nights.  Cuaron's independent coming-of-age feature shows the high quality of recent Mexican fare, like the shocking, but arresting, intersecting Amores Perros.

The ability to radiate humor with intelligence through intimacy makes one forgive any artistic or political shortcomings as the English-translated And Your Mother, Too provides a telling look at two socio-economic groups in modern-day Mexico.

Never shameful or crude like many of its American counterparts, Y Tu Mama Tambien has two Mexico City 18-year-old stoners at its heart, bummed out because their girlfriends have gone to Italy for a summer vacation.

Diego Luna of Before Night Falls is well-off Tenoch whose father is a shady politician.  And his best friend is the middle-class grounded Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal of Amores Perros) who both enjoy the same mirthful pleasures.

Sometimes, the narrative from the director and brother Carlos stalls on the altered states of Tenoch and Julio who can be disaffectedly hyper as well as rivals when it comes to their sexual appetite.

The makers of the wonderful English-language fantasy A Little Princess works strongly with his lenser to make lighter moments coalesce with heavier ones as scenes in a car and a motel have a rich carnal power to them.

There is much to say about how wishes are answered that resonates comparably to Amores Perros as sexual attraction and conflict lead to some unsettling discoveries, especially for the most thoughtful traveler of the bunch.

With voice-over narration like Malena and similar adulating, self gratifying adolescents, Y Tu Mama Tambien opens both the characters and viewers eyes.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

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