Movie of the Year: 2001
Y Tu Mamá También
The Taste Buds swoon over 2001’s sexiest film, Y Tu Mamá También!
Y Tu Mamá También is Alfonso Curon’s 4th film, and the one that elevated him in Hollywood, and was co-written with his brother Carlos. Y Tu tells a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys, Julio and Tenoch, who take a road trip with a woman in her late twenties, Tenoch’s cousin’s wife Lusia. After spending some time in Hollywood, Cuaron said he wanted to make the film he was going to make before film school, and reject commercial production techniques like dollies, closeups, and dissolves.
An instant classic
Set in 1999, the film takes place against the backdrop of Mexico’s political and economic realities, at the end of the uninterrupted seven decades of presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the rise of the opposition led by Vicente Fox. the film earned $2.2 million its first weekend in June 2001, setting a new record for the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema. It’s almost hard to believe this movie is from twenty years ago; it feels like it should either be from yesterday or fifty years ago. It is timeless and classic at the same time.
What we cover
We hit all the important points in this one. At one point Ryan says, “Tambien is flan-bien” which I thought was very funny, and if episodes of podcasts had posters, I think we would put that on the poster. We spend quite a bit of time talking about Mexico in this one, which turns out to also be where the movie is set: the odds on that must be pretty long.
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