Alfonso Cuarón’s 2001 coming-of-age film Y Tu Mamá También largely takes place in a car, on the go. Two sexually-starved teenage boys invite a beautiful older woman on a road trip through Mexico. There are no parents, no plans, no rules. The road isn’t just a backdrop for the film, it structures it. Cuarón shot the film in sequence, meaning, he has said, “the map of our shooting was based on the map of the road trip in the film.” Like the other 39 films playing in Film Forum’s “Road Movies” series, Cuarón’s movie looks at the open road as both a symbolic and generative feature in film. Series highlights include Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969), Terrence Malick’s Badlands (1973), and Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991). Buckle up. —J.D.
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