This week’s Netflix Movie of the Week is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mamá También, A film which a few of us here at Simply Film consider to be one of our favorite movies. Most famous for directing the third installment to the Harry Potter franchise, as well as his American film Children of Men, Cuaron started out making Mexican movies which he co-wrote with his brother, including Y Tu Mamá También. While the film is highly sexual, and borderline crass at times, it’s a truly incredible film as it ties in themes of social commentary, friendship, morality and consequence, as well as one of the most interesting and well executed on screen love triangles I have ever seen.
After their girlfriends leave for the summer, a pair of rich teenagers, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna), are enjoying a summer full of drugs, drinking, and debauchery when they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdu). Luisa is a beautiful woman in her late twenties, and the wife of Tenoch’s cousin. After her marriage falls into turmoil, she takes the boys up on their offer to escort her to Heaven’s Mouth, a beautiful beach that the pair has fabricated in order to get Luisa to come with them on a road trip.
While it is very hard to explain the appeal of this movie, for one reason or another it is absolutely brilliant. It works as many different films at the same time, be it a deconstruction of the obnoxious rich kid comedy or a pseudo-coming of age story all the while weaving in elements of socio-political criticism of Latin American. Though at time the film does seem to hide behind a veneer of sex appeal, and even vulgarity, there is a lot of to get out of this movie. I have seen the film a few times at this point, and I am impressed with it more and more on each viewing, if it doesn’t seem like the kind of film that would offend your sensibilities, it is absolutely worth checking out. This movie absolutely floored me. It’s a far more interesting film than I expected it to be with this premise, and is something I would highly recommend to all those interested.
Rating: 5 out of 5