|Y Tu Mama Tambien
|This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2017
I haven't seen a Cuaron movie that I didn't like, but for some reason this breakout film of his has always slipped through the cracks for me. I suspect that it's because it was lumped in with Inarritu's Amores Perros and the Mexican film explosion of the early 2000s. I wasn't really an Inarritu fan until The Revenant so I think this one was always back burnered. Watching it now, it feels very influenced by Francois Truffaut in its use of narration and novelistic scope. Maybe that had to do with the love triangle, Jules et Jim angle?
Anyway, I liked this... It didn't blow me away but I'd heard enough about it and have seen enough work by both male leads (whatever happened to that woman? You'd think she'd get a lot more work after this too) to pretty much know what I was walking into. Really the only thing that I hadn't heard about was the roving hand-held camera and the narration. I suppose all the stuff along the road that the camera glances at while the kids are talking about nonsense would make more of a statement or impact on me if I was more familiar with Mexico and its issues circa 2001 but compared to Narcos it seemed a little tame. A few scenes bordered on quite steamy though until the kids came too quick then it was just funny.
Moving on, let's see another one that critics loved from a director who's done other stuff that I liked.