Back in 2003 I came across a little gem of a movie that carved out a permanent place in my heart for Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. Y Tu Mamá También was by far one of the most risqué movies I had seen, but it was also a coming-of-age road trip movie. You can’t go wrong with that.
Y Tu tells the story of two teenaged friends — Julio (García Bernal) and Tenoch (Luna) — who find themselves alone for a summer when their girlfriends decide to travel to Italy. One day they meet the wife of Tenoch’s cousin, Luisa (played by Maribel Verdú) and in an effort to impress the woman they make up the story of a secret beach and invite her to come along on a road trip in search of it.
Hesitant at first, Luisa eventually decides to go once she learns that her husband had been unfaithful, and thus begins a road trip through rural Mexico in search of a beach that doesn’t exist.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, amongst other things, this film has remained one of my favourites over the past decade. I actually still have my original VHS copy, as well as a newer DVD.
It’s intelligent and sharp and marks the cinematic beginning of the amazing Mexican duo that is Diego and Gael. These two have been friends since childhood and it shows on film. I adore these guys and I’ll happily and openly admit that I’m totally fan-girling right now.
If you end up watching this film I must warn you that you will see some dangly bits and other normally clothed parts. Take it for what it’s worth, though. This film won international acclaim when it was released, and it’s for good reason.