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  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Y Tu Mamá También

Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity, Children of Men) had his breakout hit with the perfectly balanced road comedy, Y tu mamá también starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. The film tells the story of Julio and Tenoch, seventeen-year-olds who have had a long friendship despite their different backgrounds. 

With their respective girlfriends away in Europe, Julio (Bernal) and his upper-class friend Tenoch (Luna) are looking forward to a summer full of fun and foolishness. During a wedding, they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú) — the 28-year-old wife of Tenoch’s scholarly cousin — and try to convince her to go on a road trip to a made-up beach paradise the two claim is on the Oaxacan coast. To their surprise, Luisa — who is looking to escape her troubled life for a spell — agrees to go along. Two days into the trip, tension starts to build between the two friends, who are not-so-quietly vying for her affection. Soon simmering jealousies boil over into savage arguments, threatening to completely destroy their friendship.

Shot beautifully by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and interspersed with small visual reminders of political unrest juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the country; this is a film not to be missed. 
 

Closing Night
2K Restoration
NOMINATED
Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Academy Awards 2003
WINNER
Golden Osella, Marcello Mastroianni Award, Venice Film Festival 2001
NOMINATED
Golden Lion (Best Film), Venice Film Festival 2001
NOMINATED
Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes 2002
A wonderfully vibrant, contemporary coming-of-age road movie.
Seattle Times
Director
Alfonso Cuarón
Cast
Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna
2001 | 106 min | Road Comedy | Mexico
Spanish with English subtitles
18+ (exemption)

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