y tu mama tambien: worth the price of a rental for the leafy swimming pool sequence alone, and one of the few films in recent memory that earns its Bittersweet Foreign Flick Conclusion. on paper, the story borders on precious - teens road trip with a mysterious woman, questionable sex and life lessons ensue - but vanishing paradise is so winning here that it's difficult to scoff. cuaron anticipated luisa when he cast anne bancroft as miss havisham in his great expectations (a dud with weirdly perfect moments) - both characters are so damn world-weary that naivete is their only possible direction. it works.

on eden and consequences: lisa snapped polaroids at burning man and recorded her models' favorite adjectives (i'm partial to french roast and woolen); her husband wrote a dirty limerick at my request. art is crazy stuff.

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