Sean Baker’s review published on Letterboxd :
I've been meaning to watch this for ages and prompted by Roma, I finally did. I feel as if it had a proper release in '91 in the US, it would have had the same impact on me as "Reservoir Dogs", "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and other very strong debuts from that era. But from what I can tell, IFC First Take was the first to release it and that was 2006... after Cuarón became known in the US.
Needless to say-- it's great and extremely bold (it was 1991 and Cuarón somehow orchestrated a respectful comedy about AIDS and suicide).
This was the first collaboration between Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki. It's fascinating to see any artist's early works after knowing their newer work-- the growth and the constants are very clear. I think this film should be on more "best debut" lists.
Watched the Criterion version on Netflix.