Heaven’s Mouth

Two movie recommendations:

 

After spending a week on the beaches of western Mexico, we came home and watched Y Tu Mama Tambien (literally “And your mother, too”, slang: “Yo Mama”) a 2001 Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and written by Carlos Cuarón. The film is about two teenage boys taking a road trip with a woman in her late twenties.

 

The film is full of nuance, double entendre and commentary on the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico.  The boys, Julio and Tenoch, and the beautiful Luisa (Maribel Verdú), go on a road trip to find a mythical beach: Heaven’s Mouth.  The characters share surnames with notable figures in Mexican history:

 

  • Luisa Cortes (Spanish Conquistador)
  • Julio Zapata (Mexican revolutionary)
  • Tenoch Iturbide (Tenochtitlan, Aztec capital)
  • Silvia Allende de Iturbide (Mexican emperor)
  • Diego “Saba” Madero (Mexican president)

 

Alfonso Cuarón also directed Children of Men (Clive Owen, Michael Cane, Julianne Moore) another road movie set in the UK in 2027.  A central theme of Children of Men is a crackdown on illegal immigration and… 

What happens when society is unable to reproduce, using male infertility to explain this problem.  In the novel, it is made clear that hope depends on future generations. James writes, “It was reasonable to struggle, to suffer, perhaps even to die, for a more just, a more compassionate society, but not in a world with no future where, all too soon, the very words ‘justice,’ ‘compassion,’ ‘society,’ ‘struggle,’ ‘evil,’ would be unheard echoes on an empty air.”

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