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Y Tu Mamá También

2003-01-05 00:04:16+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Finally saw Y Tu Mamá También last night. Charlene and I both thought it didn't live up to the hype. Good cinematography, use of handheld camera angles and the camera as a character in ways that worked very well, the acting was good, but there were too many stories going on, and it was told in a way that the primary story didn't seem to be the most interesting one. Also, watching the out-takes, I'm not sure the editing was as good as it should have been, one line that got dropped should have been in there, and a bunch of others could have been dropped. I think Threesome did much of the primary story better, I wish Y Tu Mamá También had a story that strong because the storytelling skills were certainly there.

If, however, you're one of those gazillion folks interested in ways of telling sexy stories differently, this is a must-see, because he has some very erotic long shots. I don't think there were more visible genitals than, say, Henry & June[Wiki], but in Henry & June[Wiki] I was conscious of the director constantly saying "no, really, this is art", here the sex was part of the story and expository about the characters.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2003-01-06 13:29:52+00 by: petronius

I dunno. When I saw Henry and June all I could think was "Why doesn't Henry just get a job?"

#Comment made: 2003-01-06 16:39:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I think that about most of what people wrote about Henry Miller, and for that matter most of what Henry Miller wrote himself.

#Comment made: 2003-01-07 15:16:05+00 by: Jette

Dan, did you see the movie in a theater? I liked it but I saw it on DVD and realized I was probably missing a lot; I think it would have been a more enjoyable movie seen on a big screen. Still, one of the better movies I saw in 2002, although I agree that doesn't say a lot for 2002.

#Comment made: 2003-01-07 18:20:13+00 by: Dan Lyke

I saw it on DVD in wide-screen mode, but I'm not sure that my complaints would be rectified by the theatre, I think I'd have found the script lacking.

#Comment made: 2003-01-07 21:49:21+00 by: ebradway

I wondered how much of Y Tu Mama, Tambien was lost in the translation. There was an interesting story underlying all of it, but it was hidden too deep and undeveloped throughout the story.

Speaking of Henry and June, Delta of Venus is work a look into. The shorts don't follow the short stories in the book entirely.