SOLO CON TU PAREJA
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico 1991; 94 mins.; in Spanish with English subtitles)
As a tribute to our first collaboration with the 17th Annual Ola Film Festival of the Hamptons, the early work of a celebrated filmmaker that was never released in the United States. Before Alfonso Cuarón helmed international sensations such as Y tu mamá también, Children of Men, Gravity, and Roma, he had made his mark on Mexican cinema with the ribald and lightning-quick contemporary social satire Sólo con tu pareja.
The film centers on Don Juan–ish yuppie Tomás Tomás (Daniel Giménez Cacho, from Bad Education), who spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can’t keep their names straight—until one of his many conquests, a spurned nurse, gives him a taste of his own medicine.
Beautifully filmed in widescreen by the inimitable Emmanuel Lubezki (The New World), Cuarón’s wildly successful feature debut gave voice to a Mexican middle-class that had remained largely unseen on screen, and surveys contemporary urban sexual mores with style to spare.
“The promise he showed in Sólo Con Tu Pareja has already been realized and exceeded, but there is something gratifying about witnessing such talent in its fledgling state,” A.O. Scott wrote of Cuarón’s early directing chops.