Review Date: May 16, 2002
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Vergara
Gael García Bernal
But what sets this film even more apart from your typical "coming of age" road picture are the bare-bones soft-pornesque sex scenes which litter its celluloid. And if seeing a couple of young Mexicans bang away at their girlfriends or a disenchanted wife isn't enough to wood you up, the non-sexual moments also feature them discussing sex about 70% of the time (most of it, quite humorous, incidentally). This and the fact that the characters themselves are lively and quite likeable throughout, and played extremely well by all involved, make the film that much more entertaining. I especially liked the character of Julio, played delightfully by Gael García Bernal, who kinda reminded me of that "same guy" that we all seem to have in our group of friends. This dude just wants to have a good time, and no matter when you look at him, you tend to crack up. The camaraderie and chemistry between the two leads is also undeniable and extremely appealing. I enjoyed the information presented within the narration of the movie from time to time, but the fact that it would suddenly jolt itself into the middle of a scene (and remove all sound before it), took me out of the picture a few times. The film also carries an underlying existential message throughout, with the melancholic ending leaving you with something more to remember than just its graphic sex scenes.
It's also the kind of movie that makes you want to get up from your seat, drive over to your travel agent, order some tickets to Mexico, pack a few rubbers, t-shirts and hopefully, never come back. Even though much of what we see on-screen is the Mexican back roads, the pure nature of it all, the beauty of the settings, the atmosphere, the people...make for a delightful time. The film's also draped in symbolism, so if you look close enough, I'm sure that you will discover half a dozen more reasons why this film is "deep" for you, but for me, I enjoyed it for what it was, and it delivered in laughs, moments of surprise, drama and beauty. The sex scenes were also extremely graphic and many of them unedited, so that you really get a sense of these people fucking for real. What makes it even stranger is that unlike porno movies, all of the actors here are very good and their encounters aren't just about not having enough money to pay the pizza-man, there's an actual story too! There are lots of discoveries made throughout this trip, some for the characters, some for the audience, and hopefully, some to whoever is open-minded enough to watch the film (yes, cousins fuck within!) with their own naked eye. BTW, this film plays in Mexican with English subtitles and the title means "And Your Mother Too" in our native tongue.