Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too!) (2001)

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Released 18-Aug-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Trailer-8 Femmes, Lovely and Amazing
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 101:09 (Case: 105)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alfonso Cuaron
Studio
Distributor
Producciones Anhelo
Magna Home Entertainment
Starring Maribel Verdu
Gael Garcia Bernal
Diego Luna
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Julio and Tenoch are young friends that have intertwined themselves into each other's lives. Julio is the son of a corporate secretary, while Tenoch is the son of a minister in the Mexican government. While they come from fairly different backgrounds, they live life as if they are brothers and spend as much waking time together as possible. When the pair's girlfriends go to Italy on a holiday, the pair have but their company to fill the void, such as it is. This is all made different at a wedding reception when the pair meet Tenoch's cousin Luisa, a beautiful Spanish woman married to a successful but highly strung businessman. In a conversation with the pair, Luisa comes under the very enthusiastic (and fairly immature) attentions of the young boys as they try their juvenile charms on the unattainable. Feigning knowledge and experience, the pair tell Luisa about a trip they are about to embark upon to the heavenly beach alcove of Boca Del Cielo (Heaven's Mouth) and invite Luisa on their trip. Of course, this place is completely created by the pair on the fly and in fact they have no such knowledge any such place, but they have to have something to talk about in order to keep the interest of this exotic beauty.

Several weeks later, circumstances for Luisa have significantly changed and in a moment of complete impulse she rings up the pair and accepts their offer to join them on their trip. Taken by complete surprise by Luisa's acceptance, the pair quickly acquire some transport (courtesy of a reluctant sister) and some hazy directions from a friend to somewhere that might perhaps remotely resemble this 'Heaven's Mouth'. With Luisa in tow, the group heads down the highway to destinations unknown, and they all have no idea that their trip will take them to very uncharted territory...for all of them.

This is a most interesting and engaging film that I found held my attention quite easily. The film's director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (director of the upcoming Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) has spun an intricate tale that weaves cliché, stereotype, subtlety and originality into a tale that doesn't stagger the viewer with anything hugely original. A completely contradictory statement, but one that captures the feel of this film. There is quite a bit here for the viewer to take in, if they have the patience to let it flesh itself out. Those looking at the cover and going by the 'sexually graphic' in order to find a film that'll provide some cheap thrills will probably leave this film fairly disappointed. Sex does play a large part in this film, but it's all about context, about how sex is a part of life and how it can bring people together as well as tear them apart.

The performances are quite strong here. Diego Luna as Tenoch and Gael García Bernal as Julio perform well together and completely capture the intensity and fragility of youthful mateship. Rounding out this threesome is Maribel Verdú in the role of Luisa, and she does a great job as a somewhat mature counter to the youthful exuberance of the boys. Those whom might find graphic sex scenes distasteful might not find this film worth seeing, but for those with a bit more stamina, they will be richly rewarded by this multifaceted tale of friendship, trust, love, passion and most important of all, life. An interesting film that is worth seeing.

A footnote: This appears to be the same version as the Region 1 U.S. unrated version. See the Censorship section for details.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video transfer afforded us here is pretty good and serves the film well.

This feature is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

The image seen on this disc is quite good with a clear and clean picture available throughout the film. There are some darker passages in the film and these exhibit a decent level of shadow detail. I didn't have any issues with low level noise.

Colour's use in this feature is very natural and is completely in the context of the film. Colour's commitment to this disc is very good and while the colour palate is just that little bit subdued, this is either due to the film stock used or a look intended by the director. Either way, the image is very lifelike.

This disc is transferred with an average bitrate of 7.22 Mb/s with peaks at around 8.80 Mb/s which is more than adequate to give us a quality MPEG artefact free image. Edge enhancement seems to have got his green card and headed elsewhere as he doesn't cause much trouble here. There is the slightest aliasing shimmer to be seen from time to time, but this isn't to a large extent and is not a major problem. There is the occasional film nick and fleck just to prove that you're watching something transferred from film, but the print used for this transfer is quite clean with no real problems evident.

There is only one subtitle option available here, that being an English stream which is found to convey the meaning of the film fairly well, although nothing is a substitute for understanding the film's original language. As it has been 19 years since I was in Spanish class in high school, I did have to rely on the subtitles which did a good job.

This disc is formatted RSDL with the layer change taking place at 71:03 within Chapter 18. This takes place in a very still and silent part of the film and will probably be rendered invisibly on most modern DVD players.

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Audio

The audio mix here is quite good and works well at drawing the viewer into the world of the characters. Of particular note is the use of sudden silence when the narration is heard. This is very effective in taking the viewer from their suspended disbelief to an outside objective view of the film's story. Also, the underwater audio is very effective.

There are 2 audio options available on this disc, these being a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mix as well as a Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I listened to the 5.1 track. The disc itself advertises the dts logo as seemingly something that might be available on this disc. Sorry, but no such track is made available and the logo printed on the disc seems to be placed there in error.

I found the quality of the dialogue here to be quite good with a clear spoken word audible for the entire program. I had no issues with audio sync.

The music for this feature is contributed from many various sources, such as Natalie Imbruglia, Frank Zappa, Eagle Eye Cherry and Brian Eno as well as many Mexican musical artists. This varied collection is integrated very well into the framework of the film and suits the various scenes depicted in the film.

The surrounds took on a very atmospheric role with this soundtrack with the only major direct contribution coming from some of the underwater scenes that are interspersed throughout the film. In these scenes, the camera follows the characters into the water and we get the complete impression that we are there. Very effective.

The subwoofer was not taxed to any large extent with the various musical passages contributing the only major portions of LFE. Otherwise, the subwoofer backed the mains as this mix is fairly front heavy for most of the film.

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Extras

We have a couple of extras available, but the disc isn't bursting at the seams.

Menu

After the usual copyright warnings and distributor's logos, we are taken to the disc's Main Menu which offers us the following: The menus are 16x9 enhanced and feature audio from the film's soundtrack

The Making of Y tu mamá también - 21:40

This is a short but interesting behind the scenes look at the production of the film. Here we have some on set interviews with the director and the cast as well as some explanation as to the logistics of filming in Mexico including blocking a main city road in peak hour traffic so the director could get a scene filmed. It's unfortunate that we only get this one look at the making of the film, but from this short documentary you get the impression that the cast and crew had a good time filming the movie. This extra is presented full frame with audio in Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0.

Theatrical Trailer - 8 Femmes (8 Women) - 1:24

This is the trailer for the much praised French murder mystery. This is presented in 1.85:1, non 16x9. Audio is in English Dolby Digital 2.0.

Theatrical Trailer - Lovely & Amazing - 2:08

Trailer for the film by director Nicole Holofcener who has worked on such programmes as Six Feet Under, Cold Feet and Sex and the City. This film is the story of a mother and her very different daughters. Presented in 1.85:1 without 16x9 enhancement. Audio is in English Dolby Digital 2.0.

Censorship

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R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

This disc has been released in several Regions around the world. Here is what's available in each as far as I am able to ascertain:

Region 1 U.S. Unrated Version

Region 1 U.S. R Rated Version Region 2 U.K. Region 2 Italy Region 2 Germany Region 4 Australia Region 4 Mexico

Taking all the evidence into account, the Region 2 U.K. disc would have to be the real pick of this bunch. It features the film uncut, has a stack of features and offers English subtitles for the Audio Commentary. These are all fairly attractive and would make the Region 2 U.K. by far the best choice of the lot.

Summary

This is a very intriguing and multifaceted tale of the fluidity of life and friendship. Over the past decade, Mexico has produced some fantastic talent in the filmmaking world and this film marks the coming of Alfonso Cuarón to join a fast-growing and illustrious list. This is a great film that will reward the attentive viewer.

The video is fairly good with a clear and clean image available throughout.

The audio is good with a front-oriented but engaging and very effective sound mix.

The extras are fairly thin on the ground with only a making of featurette and some unrelated trailers on offer.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Sean Bradford (There is no bio.)
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD RP-82 with DVD-Audio on board, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko TRW 325 / 32 SFT 10 76cm (32") 16x9. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderYamaha RX-V2300 Dolby Digital and dts.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V2300 110w X 6 connected via optical cable and shielded RCA (gold plated) connects for DVD-Audio
SpeakersVAF DC-X Fronts (bi-wired), VAF DC-6 Center, VAF DC-2 Rears, VAF LFE-07 Dub (Dual Amp. 80w x 2)

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