thelistislife42’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You're so lucky to live in a country like this. It breathes with life! It's awesome! To Mexico!"
That was really something special, and I don't really know what it was that made me love it so deeply. The three central performances are fantastic and make for three deeply and emotionally relatable, as well as interesting and likable, characters. Cuarón's direction is impressive to say the least and Lubezki's long takes are absolutely stunning, never done for the sake of showing off, instead always because each was the best way to shoot that particular scene. The sociopolitical commentary, while definitely not subtle, was tactful and powerful, thanks to the fantastic voiceover narration and the ways in which it was built into the fabric of the plot. It is very much a precursor to Cuarón's Roma, but it is a masterpiece in its own right, beautiful and emotional and poetic and haunting just as Roma is. Lively, powerful, and strangely inspiring, it's an insightful look into friendship, love, sex, and coming-of-age, and, with one of the most powerful endings I've ever seen, it's certainly one of the great masterpieces of this century.
"Life is like the foam, so give yourself away like the sea."
My List: Top 1000 Greatest Films of All Time
Ranking: 2019, First Time Watches
Top 100 2000s Films
Top 100 Romance Films
Top 100 Coming-of-Age Films
Ranking: The Criterion Channel