Exploration-online have made an e-book, and my article on Y Tu Mama Tambien is in there. Hurrah! Here it is:
Y Tu Mamá También [‘And Your Mother, Too’] is one of Central America’s best known and internationally celebrated productions – and it’s not difficult to understand why. Created in Mexico, arguably the heart of the Central American film industry, and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the film caused quite a stir on its release in 2001 with the carefully constructed controversial subject matter and daringly provocative portrayal of the sex lives and friendships of two teenage boys Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna), and their 20-something female lover, Luisa (Meribel Verdú).
Set in 1999 against the backdrop of a significant political and economic period of transformation for Mexico at the end of an uninterrupted 71 year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the three unlikely friends take a road trip to the fictitious ‘Heavens Mouth’ – an idyllic beach the boys have invented to persuade their cousin’s wife to accompany them.
Unbeknownst to the boys, Luisa is looking for an escape from the troubles of married life, and she unexpectedly agrees. A couple of days into the trip, Luisa indulges every teenage boy’s fantasy, and sleeps with them both. This leaves Julio and Tenoch desperately and jealously vying for her attention for the rest of their trip, and builds up to a surprising climax (no pun intended) that threatens the dynamics of the friendship forever.
The expected coming-of-age clichés are all very present, but with subtle twists that add to the humour, enjoyment and unpredictability of the film.
The film broke records in the Mexican film industry, taking $2.2 million at the box office on its first opening weekend alone. And its success doesn’t stop there. Y Tu Mamá También has been nominated for various prestigious awards, including Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Globes and the Oscars, as well as walking away with no less than twenty awards for the Best Foreign Language Film. With fantastic performances by some of the Latin film industries most talented actors – Diego Luna (Milk, The Terminal), Gael García Bernal (Babel, Amores Perros), and Meribel Verdú (Pan’s Labyrinth) – and the directors spectacular use of beautiful Mexican natural locations, Y Tu Mamá También definitely earns its praise. And who knows, if you ever find yourself going to Mexico it could be worth jumping in a car and trying to find the illusive, paradisiacal ‘Heaven’s Mouth’ yourself, experiencing all the adventures that comes with the spontaneous road trip… though perhaps it’d be best to leave the cougar-esque older woman where you found her.