Y Tu Mama Tambien

Production

Development

After working on Great Expectations and A Little Princess, Alfonso Cuarón envisioned a film that was not influenced by production techniques used in Hollywood cinema.[2] Cuarón wanted to reject commercial production techniques he had used in his previous films, like dollies, close ups, and dissolves.[2] Instead he embraced a documentary-realist style of filmmaking for Y Tu Mamá También.[2] Before making the film, Cuarón had worked for some time in Hollywood, prompting him to return to his roots in Mexican Cinema.[4] In an interview, Cuarón said: “I wanted to make the film I was going to make before I went to film school, and that was always going to be a film in Spanish, and a road movie involving a journey to the beach.”[4]

Road movie

In Y Tu Mamá También, Alfonso Cuarón reimagined the American road movie genre to depict Mexico’s geography, politics, people, and culture.[2] Cuarón wanted to use the road-film genre to challenge mid-20th century Latin-American Cinema movements that rejected the pleasure and entertainment typical of Hollywood commercial cinema created by using fictional characters and story.[5] Cuarón aimed to only borrow the pleasure and entertainment of Hollywood cinema to synthesize with political and cultural exploration of Mexico.[5] Using fictional characters and a story within the documentary-realist style, Cuarón was able to explore Mexico’s geographical, cultural, and political landscapes.[5]

Filming and production

The director and screenwriter were not afraid of developing Y Tu Mamá También during the production process.[4] Carlos Cuarón’s script was minimal and unelaborate so the actors could contribute to its development during the rehearsal process.[4] Throughout the film the actors improvised.[5] Instead of using high-tech equipment, the entire film was shot with a handheld camera to create a documentary-realist look that mimicked candid footage.[4] In an interview, Cuarón said “This all goes back to our original idea of 15 years ago, in which we would do a low-budget road movie that would allow us to go with some young actors and semi-improvise scenes and have a bare storyline but not be afraid of adding things as we went.”[4]

Locations

The beach scenes in the film were shot near the resort Bahías de Huatulco, in Oaxaca.[6]


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