Y Tu Mamá También ★★★★★

Set against the political environment of Mexico at the end of the 20th century, Y Tu Mamá También is a film deeply rooted in nostalgia, brimming with life and all that life brings to the table. There is an ineffable energy in the road trip and the chemistry between the three leads, and it is contrasted by the sombre voice-over. The scenes, whether humorous or sad or anything in between, are humbled with this voice-over that adds a layer of unspeakable sadness to them.

Luisa, harbouring the kind of pain that can drive anyone either to exile or eternal gloom, instead chooses to accept Tenoch and Julio's invitation to embark on a road trip with them. The latter two are not subtle about wanting to get laid, blissfully unaware of Luisa's troubles until, upon reaching a motel, they sneak in through the window and find her crying. After this moment, the road trip becomes a trip of revelations, confessions and endings. Emmanuel Lubezki's naturally gorgeous cinematography acts as the backdrop of a crumbling friendship and a decaying life. Few experiences could be labelled as "life-changing". For Tenoch and Julio, this was one.

Over the course of the journey, "Heaven's Mouth" morphs into a presence all of its own. The beach becomes the stuff of legend. The entire film lives and breathes as much in its journey as it does in its destination; in the quest to reach this place that, once reached, looks no less than a slice of heaven.

A slice of heaven that acts as a prelude to Tenoch and Julio's real lives.
A slice of heaven that metamorphoses these two into fully formed butterflies.
A slice of heaven that, for better or for worse, will always be a part of their lives.

Whatever happens from now on, Tenoch and Julio will never forget about that one road trip they took on a lazy summer with an older woman. She taught them things, both trivial and profound; things which will shape their adult existence. Even if their friendship would not be the same again, they might just be better off for it. You lose friends, you gain friends. That's just a part of life. And they learned a thing or two about life from Luisa. Y Tu Mamá También encapsulates what life is all about.

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