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September 09, 2006

Y tu mamá también - 6

A film about the tests of friendship between two high school boys. In this case it is a summer trip with an older woman, who finds out that her husband is cheating on her. The main characters are two high school friends, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Tenoch. The two boys ask Luisa on a whim and she accepts. They then take a road trip across Mexico in search of a mythical beach called Heaven's Mouth. Along the way they learn are seduced by Luisa and their sexual relationship puts the two boys at odds with each other. They then start to see their sexual prowess (or lack their of) in competitive terms. While Luisa is able to settle their fights for a little while, the film shows the dire consequences of friendship put to this hard of a test. The value of the relationship seems to be that it lives on continuously in each of the boys memories, and it helps them know who they truly are. They use this experience for further reflection and while their friendship does not grow, they do.

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