If French Nouveau and Mexican cinema had a baby, "Y Tu Mamá También" would be the glorious offspring. This road trip drama takes the audience on an emotional joyride that will leave you in poignant reflection on coming-of-age and coming to terms with mortality in the corrupted, yet beautiful modern-day Mexico. Maribel Verdú gives a damn-near perfect performance.
Y Tu Mama Tambien is made perfect by it's imperfections. Beyond any single element, YTMT's greatest achievement is its aura. Few films match form to content like this. Much more than an ode to the French New Wave, Cuaron mimics life and character like few have tried. It's unconventional but so is life. After 15 years, Y Tu Mama Tambien blew me away just like it did the first time. A film that lives in my heart.
After hearing so much about it, I was surprised to have been left a bit cold by this film. While the visuals and actors were both stunning to look at, and I do love me a good road film, this one felt a bit too rambling. Perhaps it was an issue of pacing: racy sex scenes from the start and then moving to a rather slow pace relatively early in the screenplay... (continued in comments)
Often uncomfortable and voyeuristic, it's raw and lifelike. Unlike so many glamorized lives and stories filtered through a lens made to look more beautiful, Cuarón hunted for the ugliness, the despair, the insignificance of individuals- but not without style. It haunts you after viewing as if you saw it in person, felt it with all of your senses.
I wanted to rewatch this again straight after finishing it after it's powerful ending. Once you get to the end little things you've seen throughout the film that didn't make all that much sense all seem so blaringly obvious. This is a film that really begs you to think about the world and people around you, and all the things we gloss over so easily. A very clever and beautifully made film.