And your mother too (Y tu mamá también) - Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Alfonso Cuarón
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
Both Tenoch Iturbide (Diego Luna) and Julio Zapata (Gael García Bernal) are seventeen and ruled by their raging hormones and lust when they meet older woman Luisa Cortés (Maribel Verdú) at a family wedding in Mexico City. Fuelled by copious amounts of alcohol and Luisa's beauty, they ask her to join them on a road trip to a mythical remote beach called Boca Del Cielo ("Heaven's Mouth"). What follows is a sexually rowdy and wildly funny road movie that touches on politics and the philosophy of life and plays as a metaphor for modern Mexico itself.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film Mexico drama comedy coming-of-age sex sexuality threesome
Persons of interest
- Maribel Verdú .... Luisa Cortés
- Gael García Bernal .... Julio Zapata
- Diego Luna .... Tenoch Iturbide
- Marta Aura .... Enriqueta "Queta" Allende
- Diana Bracho .... Silvia Allende de Iturbide
- Emilio Echevarría .... Miguel Iturbide
- Griselle Audirac .... Nicole Bazaine
- Verónica Langer .... María Eugenia Calles de Huerta
- Arturo Ríos .... Esteban Morelos
- Ana López Mercado .... Ana Morelos
- Nathan Grinberg .... Manuel Huerta
- María Aura .... Cecilia Huerta
- Carlos Cuarón .... Screenwriter
- Alfonso Cuarón .... Screenwriter
- Alfonso Cuarón .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Awards and film festivals:
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2003
- Film Critics Circle of Australia 2002: Nominated: Best foreign film (non-English language)
- Venice Film Festival 2001: best screenplay
- NB: Spanish language dialogue with English language subtitles
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
And your mother too is not, as I first suspected, intended as an insult; it is a reference to the list of people with whom the main characters shouldn't have had sex but did. That is what And your mother too is all about.
If you've ever been a teenage male you know the power of sex and the hold it has over you. Your body works with a will of its own to get as much as it can, no matter the consequences. Some men grow out of this when puberty finishes at 26, others go on to be President of the USA. For Tenoch and Julio, sex and the pursuit thereof is the biggest thing that they have in common (Tenoch's mother notwithstanding). Unfortunately for them, it isn't enough to keep them together. The inescapable end of And your mother too is an uncomfortable encounter in a coffee shop before mutual relegation to the wasteland of memory. Their entire friendship is nothing more than a drawn-out one night stand.
Talk about pathos.
Both Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna dive into their characters with a passion and an honesty that you rarely see on film. They perform their characters in the same way that the characters live: dance like no-one is watching, sing like no-one is listening and root like you're on TV. The vulnerability of the two boys is heart-rending. Not that the boys think that they're vulnerable, but from the lofty position of middle age, I can see all the scabs and bruises forming over the innocence of the boys that were, turning them into the closed-off men that are.
And women wonder why men don't talk about their feelings.
The worst part of And your mother too is that it is restricted to youths who are 18 and over, ostracising the 16 and 17-year-olds who are living this life and most desperately need to know its consequences. Good of you, Little Johnny Howard.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Languages: Spanish
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9
- Special features:
- Documentaries: Making of
- Subtitles: English
Security censorship classification
R 18+ (Medium level sex scenes)
105 minutes (1:45 hours)