Friday, July 3, 2009

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien was a dramatic change from the features the class has previously enjoyed. The story revolves around the lives of two young men who are forced to fill the space created by the boredom that dominates their summer. Their boredom however soon changes when they meet Luisa, and set out on a journey that they soon will not forget.

The most interesting aspect of this film was the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The director and narrator through continuous observations and voice overs were able to depict the slow transition these boys made from their young carefree life styles to a more serious and mature outlook. One example of this is the director’s usage of the boy’s social classes to touch upon the power of childhood. Tenoch’s family is a very wealthy and prominent family in Mexico, however this has no influence on the friendship between himself and Julio, who is raised in a socially less advanced area. However when tensions were high, the social standing between these two friends came out, and began to draw a wedge between them that eventually would separate them all together. Another example was the structure of the movie and its progression as a whole. The movie begins with the boys partying with their friends and trying to meet girls, which was explicitly emphasized by the narrator through their manifesto. However throughout the movie the joy and manifesto Tenoch and Julio hold so dear, begins to lose meaning and credibility, and is eventually dissolved all together. The boys never speak again after their summer in Mexico at God’s Mouth and they lose their innocence to begin their lives as adults.

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