Best Travel Movies Review: Y Tu Mamá También
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Y Tu Mamá También [‘And Your Mother, Too’] is one of Central America’s best known and internationally celebrated movies. Shot in Mexico, the passionate, beating heart of the Latin American film industry, and directed by the legendary Alfonso Cuarón, it’s not hard to see why, sparking wanderlust and well, good old fashioned lust in the hearts of all that watch.
Released in 2001, Y Tu Mama Tambien caused a stir 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.
Aside from a fantastic approach to a taboo subject on sexuality, love and boundaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien is a film that provokes a sense of wanderlust and a persistent urge of jumping into a car and heading on a road trip to the middle of beautiful nowhere.
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 director's spectacular use of beautiful Mexican natural locations, Y Tu Mamá También definitely earns its praise.
Who knows, if you find yourself looking for Mexico travel inspiration and unique Mexico off-the-beaten track, it could be worth jumping in a car and trying to find the elusive, paradisiacal ‘Heaven’s Mouth’ yourself. There's no better feeling than experiencing all the adventures that come with the spontaneous road trip - better still inspired by the passionate adventures of a movie. Though perhaps it’d be best to limit your travel inspiration to the road trip, and leave the mysterious older woman where you found her...
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