Y Tu Mamá También (35mm)
Dir. Alfonso Cuarón (2001); Mexico, 106m
Starring: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna
Spanish with English subtitles
Programmed by: Sam Schrader

FRIDAY, November 22nd AT 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, November 23rd AT 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, November 24th AT 3:00pm

The Oxford English Dictionary defines magical realism as a “style in which realistic techniques are combined with surreal or dreamlike elements.” But it would be too easy to simply call Y tu mamá también a magical-realist coming of age story, although at its most distilled, that is what it is. This breakout film by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is part road movie, part comedy, part tragedy, all set against the magical-realist backdrop of modern Mexico as it was at the dawn of the 21st century. The film functions on a basic premise: teenage best friends Julio and Tenoch (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna) find themselves, almost miraculously, on a road trip with Luisa, a beautiful older woman. As they travel together towards a destination that the boys made up, the trio explores the Mexican countryside, interrogating the depths of their friendship, their class differences, and what it really means to grow up.