Y Tu Mamá También
dir. Cuarön
Opens Fri April 5
Cinema 21

As two Mexican teenagers frantically fuck, the boy, Tenoch (Diego Luna), pleads/demands that the girl not screw any Italians on her impending European trip with her best friend. Meanwhile, that best friend is having rushed pre-departure sex with her boyfriend, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal), who is also Tenoch's best friend. When the girls have left, Y Tu Mamà También seems to settle down to watch these two boys spend an aimless summer.

Everything gets thrown sideways when they meet a sexy older woman (that is to say, in her twenties) named Luisa (Maribel Verdù) at a party. While clumsily trying to flirt, the boys claim they're about to go to a supernaturally gorgeous beach; a few days later, Luisa calls and asks if she can join them. The horndog boys, hoping to get into Luisa's pants, say yes--the only problem is, the beach doesn't exist. Nonetheless, the three of them end up in a station wagon headed towards the coast, where Tenoch and Julio learn how complicated it can be to get what you want.

Everything that happens between these three is driven by sexual yearning, yet shaped by a complex web of class, culture, and psychology. Writer/ director Alfonso Cuarón has an astonishing eye for revelatory details--both in the character's behavior and in the events around them. Every so often, the sound drops out, and an omniscient voice tells us things about the future, about the past, about the present. This device initially seems like a shtick that will grow tiresome; instead, it continually expands our understanding of the world we're watching.

Y Tu Mamà También is a brilliant, incisive core sampling of life in Mexico. It's both slender and profound; the movie's greatest pleasures are often its smallest ones--even the title comes from a tossed off bit of banter. Any individual moment could be trivial, silly, pointless, even embarrassing--but the accumulation of moments has a devastating scope.