Disarming Machos, Raising Men: Alfonso Cuarón's "Sólo con tu pareja" and "Y tu mamá también"

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Alfonso Cuarón's Sólo con tu pareja (1991) is showing January 4 – February 2 and Y tu mamá también (2001) is showing January 5 – February 3, 2018 on Mubi in the United States as part of the series What Is An Auteur?: Director Double Features.Daniel Giménez Cacho’s Don Juan-esque Tomás Tomás loves women with the same unbridled fervor he hates syringes. Catching up with Alfonso Cuarón’s feature debut Sólo con tu pareja a whopping 26 years after its 1992 premiere, I was less impressed by the protagonist’s sexual escapades than the terrified look he gives nurse Silvia (Dobrina Liubomirova) as she readies him for a blood test. A diehard Casanova and beacon of heterosexual prowess reduced to a hypochondriac bundle of quivering limbs. “Pull yourself together, señor Tomás,” the girl giggles, a needle in her hand. “Will it hurt?” he mutters, terrified. “A lot.” Deemed too controversial and banned for many years in its home turf,
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