Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También ★★★★½

Co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón Y tu mamá también is a road movie that observes two long-term friends that evolve into being an endearingly fresh coming of age anecdote about the joys of post-adolescence.

The two friends, Tenoch Iturbide (Diego Luna) and Julio Zapata (Gael García Bernal), come to meet Luisa Cortés (Maribel Verdu), wife of Tenoch's cousin, after their girlfriends fly away for a trip to Italy. They attempt to impress her by speaking about a secluded beach they claim to know; the conversation prompts them to embark on a road trip across Mexico, but the boys have little notion of where they are going in reality as the coastline is entirely fictitious. 

It becomes a liberating trip for all involved that's shot through with a sense of realism, and as with most things, it is the journey and not the destination that proves to be important as the three get to know each other. In the beginning, Tenoch and Julio's manifesto for life, which they only partially live by, is an ideal representation of their immaturity, and the film is thoroughly grounded as relationships and friendships wither. 

While it's not excessively stylish, it is beautifully shot with the importance placed on apprehending the beauty of any given situation as Cuarón explores the central duo's friendship in some affecting ways. All three actors deliver stellar performances, with the friendship between the boys being conveyed incredibly well by both actors, and it's the complexities of their comradeship that makes the film so fascinating.

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