Movie Club: Y Tu Mamá También

Mexico | 2001 | 106 min. | Alfonso Cuarón

April 5, 2023

SIFF Movie Club

Alfonso Cuarón had his breakout hit with this Mexican box-office smash that sparked controversy for its frank depiction of drug use and sexual exploration. Presented on 35mm.

With their respective girlfriends away in Europe, Julio (Gael García Bernal) and his upper-class friend Tenoch (Diego Luna) are looking forward to a summer full of drink, drugs, and cheap meaningless sex. During a wedding, they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú) — the 28-year-old wife of Tenoch’s scholarly cousin — and try to convince her to go on a road trip to Heaven’s Mouth, a made-up beach paradise the two claim is on the Oaxacan coast. To their surprise, Luisa — who is looking to escape her troubled life for a spell — agrees to go along. Two days into the trip, tension starts to build between the two friends: Luisa has had sex with each, and now both lads are not-so-quietly vying for her affection. Soon simmering jealousies boil over into savage arguments, threatening to completely destroy their friendship.

  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Principal Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 106 min.
  • Producer: Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Vergara
  • Screenplay: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
  • Cinematographers: Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Editors: Alfonso Cuarón, Alex Rodríguez
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: R
  • Format: 35mm