thom’s review published on Letterboxd:
La vida es como la espuma, por eso hay que darse como el mar.
What an amazing experience and full of poetic and inspiring little details.
Two friends know a woman, until then engaged and well with her wedding, they invite her to a trip to the beach 'Boca del Cielo', the place they had never heard and do not even know if it exists.
The omniscient narrator gives us brushstrokes of the present, past, and future.
The film is not afraid of sounding foul and departs from modest moralism. It is also an essay on masculinity and how it can be toxic and naive, often both at the same time.
The fact that the boys will never speak again is as natural as Luisa's death, as their last night's fuck, and as natural as Tenoch not studying Literature, but Economics, which was his dream.
The tragic, cruel and light-filled life is portrayed by these three protagonists full of secrets and such courage.
I love how Cuarón perfectly captured the new spirit of Mexican joviality in the early 00's but goes beyond and paints a portrait of the human being himself, universally, the poignant and immediate desires of sex, greed, betrayals, vulnerabilities and the conflicting feelings we experience that define our journey on the winding road of life.