Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture
Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También was one of a series of hit movies from Mexico in the early years of the millennium. From the beginning, the movie generated shock and scandal for its representations of graphic sex, but more than that for its representation of queer desire between the emerging young stars Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. As the two established their careers, they continued to answer questions about Julio and Tenoch, the two adolescent, urban cowboys they played in Y Tu Mamá También. The road movie as coming-of-age story on its own would not produce any disconcerting effects on any audience, but this film proves a scandal because of its representation of the love that binds Julio and Tenoch. From the beginning of the film their love is colored by eroticism and, by the end of the film, that eroticism becomes explicit. Cuarón reports in interviews that the final love scenes received mixed responses. For some spectators, the sight of the two boys kissing is to be celebrated, a response confirmed in a review in The Advocate. For yet others, the kiss activates homophobic revulsion.
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Slade, Andrew, "Mixing Mourning and Desire: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Y Tu Mamá También'" (2009). English Faculty Publications. 37.