An entire life laid out in cards and characters, in fortune and fate, control and lack of, a life where to even investigate one’s own mortality must be timed and within the schedule of a pop singer. Everything is timed. Our life is not our own but belongs to the clock.
Two disillusioned Mexican teenagers lust deeply for one another but can't act on these urges due to internalised homophobia and political and class differences. As tragic as it is wistful and nostalgic, Cuaron is a master of difficult, interpersonal relationships and wrapped in this sunny, sexual and carefree road-trip is maybe his best yet: two lovers who can never be, trapped in a system that benefits one and traps the other leading to distance both physical and emotional.
It's all images, shots of brutality and lust - distorting the camera's eye but more importantly distorting (queering) a classic story of archetypal masculine violence all in the name of two transgender sisters perfecting their craft and highlighting the sexuality that cinema can provide! <3!