Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También ★★★★½

Y Tu Mamá También is kinetic and brimming with the energy of youth. It showcases the transformative years of youth, especially in terms of the protagonist's sexual discovery. It may very well be the most sexually charged film I've seen in a while. Y Tu Mamá También falls in line with what I love about Spanish Cinema, it feels so free-spirited and open, and there's real freedom to the filmmaking felt in films about youth culture. It also freely explores sexuality and doesn’t think of sex as taboo, which is something that separates it from American Cinema and it’s one of the features that define Spanish Cinema. This film is an early film in Alfonso Cuaron's career and I think showcases a lot of his sensibilities well and there's a level of joy that the film brings that his American films; as brilliant as they are, do not bring to the screen. He does make a return to his roots in his latest film, Roma, which is really a love letter back to his country and I think he really shines as a filmmaker with a voice in these films where he touches on his own culture. Y Tu Mamá También gives us a peek into the many different lives of Mexicans as our protagonists goes on a road trip through the coarse, diverse roads in Mexico. It’s a film that is brimming with life and reminds us how lucky we are to be alive.

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