Episode 19: Alfonso Cuarón

In this episode of Latinx Lens Catherine and Rosa look at three films directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

“Great Expectations” (1998)

This second Hollywood directed film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic story. Although it’s his least critically acclaimed film, there seems to be some early signs of his unique filmmaking style. 

“Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Cuarón decides to return to his native country following the unfortunate experience he had filming Great Expectations. The film puts on full display Cuarón’s abilities as a well-rounded filmmaker. Not only does he direct this film, but he also writes it. This film would be responsible for making Cuarón a household name.

“Children of Men” (2006)

Perhaps Cuarón’s best film yet, this movie cements his Cuarón as one of the best directors currently working. Bending established genre’s, this film challenges the definition of a disaster film by bending it with Sci-fi elements and breaking some elements from both genres. This isn’t only Cuarón’s best film yet, but one of the best films of all time.

The Latinx Lens recommends for this episode is “Like Water for Chocolate” (1992). Directed by Alfonso Arau (this is the episode of the Alfonso’s), this film would become the go to film representing Mexico to the world. It has a unique yet memorable story highlighting the importance of tradition, food, family relationships and forbidden love.