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Staff Picks: Y Tu Mamá También (2002)

  • Starring: Gael García Bernal, Maribel Verdú, Diego Luna
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Language: Spanish
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 106 min.

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
March’s pick was made by Derek Dunn.
“Cuarón’s loving portrait of rural Mexico is told through the viewpoints of two young men full of youthful abandon and a woman dealing with her own newly-realized mortality. This juxtaposition infuses the film with a unique perspective that brings to life the fleeting beauty of a country and culture too-often neglected by Western audiences. The film is full of rough edges, and that brash and unrefined approach make me love the final product even more.”

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Summary: Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, two teenagers meet an exotic older woman at a wedding, and they embark on a road trip together.

"One of those movies where 'after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again.' Yes, but it redefines 'nothing.'"
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Echoes the unmistakable freshness and excitement of the Nouvelle Vague, the sense of joy in being alive and making movies, that made those works distinctive and unforgettable. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Part travelogue, part road picture, part meditation on class, mortality and intimacy, this extraordinary little movie might be the perfect harbinger of summer, as astute as it is steamy. "
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Raunchy, smart, ebullient, melancholy, insightful, surprising, funny, frank and sexy as all get-out. "
- Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"There are so many good things to say about this film it's hard to find a statement that really nails it. Perhaps we can leave at this: Y Tu Mama Tambien is originality writ large. "
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged. The movie has an emotional kick that lingers like a primal memory. When the year is over, Cuaron's film will be remembered as one of 2002's finest."
- David Ansen, Newsweek
"There's an energy to Y Tu Mamá También. Much of it comes from the brave, uninhibited performances by its lead actors."
- Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News


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