Well, I've just literally walked in the door from seeing Y Tu Mama Tambien
a second time (how it simply crackles with life and begs to be seen again and again for its riches and hypnotic spell), and I liked it even more, if possible. You all know me well and understand I am prone to exaggerate, but I'm thinking this is probably my favorite movie produced since 2000 (only Aronofsky and Yang have made films its equal for the past 3 years).
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The second time I watched it, the entire thing felt completely different. Now one views the film with a cloak of sadness over the entire adventure. No longer is it just a romp, but a march towards death. Everything Luisa says and does can be processed with the knowledge of her cancer, so there's a dark pall -- but also a much richer feel -- cast over the film. It's too bad shroom is reading this, since he doesn't care about spoilers, because shroom you should have really been able to see the film one time not knowing Luisa is a few weeks from death, and a second time knowing it. Anyway, I noticed several new things: first of all, she is crying on her bed before
Jano calls to confess his infidelity, and we know now it's because she's received her death sentence. Secondly, when she fills out the magazine quiz (my favorite narration in the film because it basically serves as the interview for an existentialist), she is in the doctor's office waiting for "test results," and when the doctor slams the door on the camera, we understand it's for the bad news. Third, there's a voice-over when Luisa is introduced at the bullfight, saying how she spent 5 of her teenage years caring for a sick aunt. This proves that a) the cancer wasn't contrived because she probably inherited the propensity to develop this illness from her aunt; and b) that she witnessed a woman dying while she was 17, so when she sees the zest for life of Julio and Tenoch when they are 17, she wants to spend some of her remaining days with them so she can do what her aunt never did before her death, and she feels so sad witnessing the potential for a future. Another element that carries more weight is when Luisa tells Jano about the 98 year-old woman who remembers everything that has happened to her since she was 5. Ultra-depressing given Luisa's death sentence.
I can't argue allyn's dislike and/or disinterest with the boys. To me, they were vibrant, engaging, and very funny. Their farting in the car in the beginning is the first time -- in a long time -- in a movie that I've actually laughed at a fart joke. I find their camaraderie refreshingly admirable, and quite amusing. I know kids like that, and a few years ago there was a lot of me in those kids too. I don't find them obnoxious or boorish or uninteresting because their naivete never gets in the way of their charm, and charm goes a long way. I like their manifesto, I like the way they play soccer on the beach, I like the way they play in the shower, I like the way they team up to spill wine on the asshole's white suit, and I like the way they say liberal girls are sexy. I just like these kids, and I want to spend more time with them -- and I think it's sad but realistic that they never see each other again. I think the final quick cut to black is a signal that after hearing this news, Julio's life will drastically change. It's a coming of age (pardon the pun) that feels extraordinarily earnest and necessary rather than forced. Before the trip, Tenoch hated economics and didn't want to even take the class. Now he's majoring in it. These kids aren't just running away from the industrialization of Mexico into the beautiful irresponsibility of nature -- now they are taking charge and joining the team, but to assist it with the optimistic love of humanity they have, rather than the pessimistic stagnation of the past regime. For the first time in 71 years, the narration tells us, a new party is in power.