Set in 1999 in Mexico, Y Tu Mamá También, which translates in English into ‘And Your Mother Too’, is a coming-of-age drama that also lends itself to the road movie category.
Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna), seeing that their girlfriends are away to Italy, decide it is an opportune time to live as bachelors. At a wedding they meet the wife of Tenoch’s cousin, the beautiful Luisa (Maribel Verdú). In attempts to impress her, the boys tell her about their intended trip to a secluded beach. Unbeknown to her, both the trip and beach are figments of their imagination. At first, Luisa declines an invitation to join them, but after learning about her husband’s infidelity, she agrees to accompany them. The boys then have to scramble to put a road trip to the beach together.
While on the road trip through rural Mexico, the trio discuss their relationships and sexual encounters – the boys boasting of their exploits and Luis reminisces about Jano. At a motel room one night Luisa seduces Tenoch and the next day Julio. A turning point arises in the boys’ relationship when they wake up one morning next to each other in the same bed. A year after the road trip Julio and Tenoch meet again for coffee and a catch up. Julio learns from Tenoch that Luisa died soon after their trip, she was terminally ill with cancer.
“Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out.”
— Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
“A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier’s Going Places.”
— Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
“Director Alfonso Cuarón works with a quicksilver fluidity, and the movie is fast, funny, unafraid of sexuality and finally devastating.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Did You Know?
Y Tu Mamá También earned a place in Mexican cinema history when it grossed $2.2 million its first weekend in June 2001 – the highest for a box office opening in the country. The story is told in a documentary-realist style of film making with Cuarón resorting to shooting the entire film on a handheld camera. Review our Gay Themed Films Here