This beautifully filmed, expertly acted movie about two 17-year-old, middle-class Mexican boys on summer break is deceivingly complex. The basic plot of the film is that best friends Tenoch (Diego Luna, Before Night Falls) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal, Amores Perros), who think of nothing but sex, convince a beautiful 28-year-old woman, Luisa (Maribel Verdu), to go on a road trip with them to a nonexistent beach. They get lost. They flirt and giggle and fawn over Luisa hoping to win her over with their boyish charms. And that’s about it. But that simple plotline merely provides structure for the poetry and meaning that is woven into the film with photography and narration. Periodically throughout the film, while the action continues normally, the sound stops. A voice over then gives information—sometimes a brief biography of one of the characters (birth date, name of father and mother, consequences of birth, primary childhood experiences), or a note about what each of the characters is really thinking, or a news report or historical comment that brings Mexico’s tangled politics into the context of daily life. Never is the voice connected to a character in the film. It simply floats. Meanwhile, underwater photography, roving shots of the Mexican countryside, and affectionate close-ups on the characters communicate a solemnness that is not present in the plot. All of these pieces fit together easily, resulting in an excellent, whole, thoughtful film. –amazon
Among the most successful and talked-about Mexican filmmakers of his generation, director Alfonso Cuarón has shown a remarkable versatility, able to embrace old-school Hollywood elegance as well as rough-edged and darker-themed contemporary stories. Cuarón was born in Mexico City in 1961; he went on to study both filmmaking and philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After graduating, Cuarón began working in television in Mexico; in 1991, he landed his first big-screen directorial assignment. Sólo Con Tu Pareja was a dark comedy about a womanizing businessman who learns he’s contracted AIDS; the film was a massive hit in Mexico, and was enthusiastically received around the world.
In 1995, Cuarón released his first feature film produced in the United States, A Little Princess, a graceful and elegant adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel. Cuarón’s next feature was also a literary adaptation, a modernized version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations… read more
On surface level it's a buddy-road trip movie but this film travels to much deeper depths and sucks you in. The camerawork and narration added another layer to this film by fleshing out the whole world in which Tenoch, Julio, and Luisa inhabit; by means of educating the viewer on their individual backgrounds as well as the events which surround them. Loved this film!
Stunning movie. The road trip is something of a rites of passage for Tenoch and Julio which is counterpointed against Luisa's own acutely poignant story line and and a backdrop of the social and political conditions in Mexico. You get fly-on-the-wall perspective on all three of their lives and you just cannot help feel for them and sometimes identify with them too. Loved this so much.
Para os desavisados, “E Sua Mãe Também” não passa de mais um road-movie com jovens curtindo a vida sem pensar nem se preocupar com o amanhã. E talvez para mim também seria, se eu o tivesse assistido… read review
I don’t think I have enough context to fully appreciate this movie.
My impressions after viewing it were dull.
The film is good. They touch on some good drama. The setting and characters… read review
These boys are just that at the beginning of the film. They are explicit in all respects: sex, drugs and bodily functions. Seeing how unnecessary many of these behaviours are, is a critical part of… read review