Just in and experiencing a subdued
high about Y Tu Mama Tambien
. I thought it fine, and yet, I am overcome with sadness. I went back and read all the previous posts, usually I don't care about spoilers, but for this film I did. That a film could take the cliched contrivances of buddy-road-pilgrimage(to Heaven's Mouth)-initiation into real sex by older woman-and turn it into something so deeply human and humane, is testament to a director of immense scope and vision. His versatility is exemplary-The Little Princess
is a favorite film of mine...that he also made the fatuous Great Expectations
Shroom, thanks for the link to Sight and Sound, and your thoughts on the film. You pointed out each peripheral shot I had intended to.
The omniscient narrator, the objective
shots of the minor characters--the old woman dancing, the joy of Chuy calling out soccer plays, Tenoch's nanny bringing him a sandwich-and his imperious waving her away--added texture and resonance.
Allyn, my husband and I veer towards your assessment of the boys and what they did not take from the experience. Though I think Julio did grow, or showed signs of growing. I also found him to be the more engaging of the two. Perhaps because of that imperious wave of Tenoch towards his nanny, his mamacita, I found him already on his way to a career in economics with his political gesture of an Aztec name. Scatological humor does not bother me all that much. I enjoyed South Park The Movie, as well as both Austin Powers -though when it leaps into crassness I get turned off. I thought the fart jokes were funny, and I thought the unabashed playfulness in the showers refreshing(which made the later scene all the more complex and ultimately sad).
Luisa may become an icon in cinema. (I don't do hyperbole very often). Spoiler
I knew she was going to die, the quiz in the doctor's office, the way the door was closed, those first tears on the bed and then the decision to ride off with those horny brats, said as much. But what a woman. I wanted to dance with her. And yes, life is like the sea, give up to it, dive in. But this is where I am sad, because so few do, it is doubtful to me, Tenoch will, Julio might. And what of Mexico?