☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
2001 Ranked 👍🏼
Y Tu Mamá También offers an extreme insight into the wild sexuality of Mexico's young adults. The film depicts the lives of two teenage boys against the backdrop of Mexico in 1999. In his film, director Alfonso Cuarón not only describes the sexual experimentation of Mexican youth, but he also addresses the impact of sketchy politics, and the unstable economy has on the Mexican people as a whole. Through the narration, we get a sense of the characters' backgrounds and why they are the way they are. We aren't simply thrown into this torrent of teenage decadence without a net. I appreciated how the narration went deeper into the lives of the characters as if they were too sensitive to be said or admitted out loud.
As well as being a character-driven youth road trip movie, it's a film about life, but more specifically, fate. It goes into how it works in mysterious ways and how many people live parallel lives and simply aren't aware. Too many movies nowadays forbid you the pleasure of going on a character's journey. Too many movies are all about plot, and more especially about plot devices. Screenwriters spend so much time developing plot that character development is one of the last things they think about. When you get to know the characters this deeply, you're able to connect with them, feel their pleasure, and feel their pain. Y Tu Mama Tambien is one of those rare, character-driven gems that are definitely worth a watch. I'm so glad to say I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to. This film is truly an amazing, beautiful yet sad film that has opened my eyes.