10 Things I Learned: Y tu mamá también
By Kim Hendrickson
In 1999, Ted Hope of the production company Good Machine invited director Alfonso Cuarón to contribute to Uncensored, a series of sexually explicit movies, preferably adapted from nineteenth-century erotic novels. Unable to find source material that appealed to them, Alfonso and his brother and writing partner Carlos turned to an idea proposed to them ten years earlier by Alfonso’s college friend Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki: “Imagine a road movie about some guys who go to the beach, man.” After ten years of incubation, and given that the brothers had themselves basically lived the experiences they were narrating, the script nearly wrote itself.
Photograph by Carlos Somonte.