HTF REVIEW: "Y tu mamá también" (unrated) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Y tu mamá también




    Studio: MGM
    Year: 2001
    Rated: Unrated - STRONG sexual content
    Film Length: 106 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Subtitles: English



    I have repeatedly stated that one of the biggest
    thrills I have as a reviewer is getting the
    opportunity to watch some extraordinary films that
    I may usually have overlooked. Perhaps my most
    memorable moments come with the small amount of
    foreign titles that I occasionally have the
    opportunity to review. Once again, I find myself
    in total awe of a masterpiece.
    Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too)
    is the most emotionally charged erotic road
    movie I have ever seen. Shot entirely with a
    hand held camera, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki
    brings a fresh style to this film that is nothing
    short of gorgeously raw and sensual. It is one
    best erotic films I have seen, and I firmly hope
    that it receives much attention with this DVD
    release.
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    Two best friends, Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio
    (Gael García Bernal), are friends in Mexico City
    whose girlfriends have departed to Europe for the
    summer. All alone, these raging hormone-enhanced
    boys don't know what to do with themselves. At a
    family wedding, they meet Tenoch's distant cousin
    Luisa (Maribel Verdú) and invite her to join them
    on a road trip to a beach called Heaven's Mouth.
    After Luisa finds out that her husband has been
    cheating on her, she decides to leave him behind
    and take off with the boys. The only problem is
    that the boys made up the whole thing up about
    the beach. As far as they know, there is no Heaven's
    Mouth and if there is, they sure as hell don't know
    how to get there.
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    Filled with raw scenes of sexuality, this film is
    unlike anything seen in Hollywood films, and it is
    certainly a film that could never have been made
    here in the States. The film treats sex as what
    sex is: orgasmic, sometimes scary, and usually very
    exciting. It's a wonderful coming-of-age story set
    against Lubezki's beautiful cinematography of the
    Mexican desert and beach.
    In short, this is the story of the boys and Luisa.
    It's a road trip that takes them to a sexual
    frontier they could never have imagined.
    How is the transfer?
    The transfer has a wonderfully warm and natural feel
    to it, with colors and lighting that are more subdued
    than overly vivid. All of this does great justice to
    the film's beautiful cinematography. I immediately
    became immersed in its warm color tones that showed
    no hint of film grain.
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    The Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital surround track is
    clear and robust, but mostly front-heavy. Dialogue
    remains in the center channel with some very distinct
    stereo separation across the fronts. The rears do
    very little to support the ambiance of this film,
    often remaining completely silent, but I really
    didn't seem to mind as sound didn't seem to be the
    most important element of this film.
    Special Features
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    The DVD features an interesting assortment of added
    material that I will now take you through.
    Now here's an interesting question. What is the
    point of releasing this DVD with a full-length
    audio commentary if nobody is going to
    understand it? I was absolutely looking forward
    to listening to this commentary that involves the
    cast members who played Julio, Tenoch and Saba.
    Imagine my shock when I found out it was all in
    Spanish, with no translational support. I mean,
    the first scene in the film alone is worth a
    commentary, but all I hear is the guys giggling
    and talking Spanish. What the F?!
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    Next is Carlos Cuaron's short film, Me La Debes.
    This is a highly-charged look at sexual deception
    within a single family. Pretty darn good!
    (length: approx. 11 minutes)
    Three deleted scenes are included here.
    * A ride to the airport features Julio in the
    back seat as he receives a discrete hand job from his
    girlfriend.
    * An old Mexican whistling endlessly.
    * The trio has a little fun driving, singing, and
    keeping each other in good company.
    In all, the scenes run 2.5 minutes in length, and
    except for the second deleted scene, are pretty fun
    to watch.
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    Making of Y tu mamá también is the kind
    of behind-the-scenes stuff you will never see in
    a Hollywood promotional vehicle -- and that's what
    makes this so cool to watch! It's a very loose
    and foul-languaged look at all the fun that went
    on behind the scenes, including (gasp!) how semen
    was deposited in a swimming pool. I would also
    swear that those were real marijuana joints sitting
    on the table! This is the coolest "making of" I
    have yet to see, just showing how damn good something
    like this can be when it's not trying to promote
    itself! Definitely as fun as the film itself!
    (length: approx. 21 minutes)
    Closing out the extras is the film's original
    theatrical trailer as well as a TV Spot
    that promotes the appraises of the critics.
    Final Thoughts
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    Anyone who wants to see a film that's totally out
    of the Hollywood bullshit realm should do themselves
    a favor and rent Y tu mamá también. It's a
    fresh, highly erotic film that makes for an evening
    of memorable entertainment.
    In fact, I would bet that any healthy male that
    decides to rent this DVD will not walk away the
    least disappointed. I'll even wager some of you
    will buy it. Do anything you can to get your hands
    on this DVD as soon as possible. Enjoy it with
    your favorite beer and smoke!
    Release Date: Now
     
  2. Peter Kim

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    I applaud you, the choice, and the review. Thanks.
     
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    As discussed in a previous thread, the UK commentary track might be different from the one on this disc.
     
  5. Jay E

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    I'm getting the screenshots. Try re-freshing the screen.
     
  6. Ronald Epstein

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    My apologies for the glitch with the pictures.

    I had forgotten to upload them to our second
    server. All should be visible now.

    By the way....

    I really must stress how terrific a film this is.
    I hope that every one of you who reads this will
    at least attempt to rent it. Certainly the best
    foreign film I have seen in the past 2 years.
     
  7. Lew Crippen

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    Thanks for the review Ron, and glad that you liked the film. It played for a very long time in Dallas.
     
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    Still the best movie I've seen all year - wonderful review, Ron! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Ronald Epstein

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    Ted,

    I spent a lot of time searching for subtitle
    support for the commentary.

    First, there is no option to turn on commentary
    subtitles -- only the film subtitles.

    Next, using my remote, I switched through all the
    available subtitle channels. No extra subtitles.

    Is it possible that the U.S. version has
    a glitch and these subtitles were never added?
     
  11. Aurel Savin

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    Great review Ron ... Going to pick this up tonight!
     
  12. Carlo Medina

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    Day-n-date purchase for me already Ron. Thanks for the wonderful review. In an hour I'll step out for lunch and grab this title.
     
  13. Marc Colella

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    Great review.

    Wanted to catch it in the theatres, but never got the chance.

    Keep the foreign-film DVD reviews comin'.
     
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    As Gabe posted above, and has been frequently mentioned elsewhere, the R2 commentary may if fact be entirely different. Ted, does the R2 commentary feature dir. Alfonso Cuarón?
     
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    I agree, great movie! Rented it about a week ago and didn't get a chance to watch the extra features, but the movie alone was great. Definitely one to pick up. Another great review. Keep 'em coming![​IMG]
     
  18. oscar_merkx

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    saw this when it first came out several months ago and so refreshingly honest imo, so based on the advice of most you guys, will pick up the r2
    even better is that he is about to direct Harry Potter 3
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    Nice review, Ron! I'm glad you liked it. This was a very popular movie here in Mexico, it almost got the Oscar if it wasn't for Amelie (which was an amazing movie, BTW).

    It's a shame that there are no subtitles on the commentary track.
     
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