Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También ★★★★★

I recalled the narrative arc from having seen this twice in theaters in 2001. What struck me on this rewatch was how dense and alive every shot is. Cuarón’s camera mostly stays back in long and medium shots to take in body language and class signifiers. It tracks away from the main characters and around corners to the people who feed them. 

The narration does exactly what narration should — it gracefully brings depth by revealing what the camera cannot show in the moment, adding historical context and connecting dots. 

That Cuarón can explore so many ideas in a funny, watchable road movie is nothing short of miraculous. This is an impeccably acted sex comedy about death, politics, and self-knowledge, and I’m sorry I waited so long for a rewatch.

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