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Solo Con Tu Pareja (Criterion Collection) (1991)

Cast: John Lambert, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Claudia Ramirez, more...
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
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Studio: Criterion Collection
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Romantic Comedy, Latin America, Mexico, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Tomas is a very busy fellow and is about to grow much, much busier. He has his current girlfriend in bed in one apartment, and his lady boss in bed in the next one, and is crossing from one to the other on a window ledge. Neither one has figured out what he is up to. His juggling act becomes much more complicated when, on one occasion from the ledge between the two apartments he spots his pretty new neighbor. It's only a matter of time before one or all of these women gives him his richly deserved comeuppance. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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A True "Green" Cine Artiste by talltale December 1, 2006 - 8:17 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
To compare SOLO CON TU PAREJA, Alfonso Cuaron's early Mexican movie, with his more recent "Y Tu Mama Tambien," is to discover how very far the filmmaking skills of this director and sometimes writer have come. The earlier movie certainly looks good. According to the interviews on the Special Features, Cuaron was entering his "green" period back then, and in fact, I have never encountered a director so enamored with the color green as was Cuaron in his "The Little Princess" and even more so in his film of "Great Expectations." As much as I loved both those movies, what still remains with me is how amazing was his almost constant use of that color (green is among the least-used interior colors in either film décor or home décor).

While I have found Cuaron's subsequent films worthy and interesting (expect for his go at the Harry Potter franchise; others may herald his work there, but the franchise itself defeats any attempt to make an intelligent movie), I did not much enjoy "Solo Con Tu Pareja." Even though it did bring some needed attention to the AIDS epidemic in Mexico fifteen years back, this remains purportedly a comedy. Yet it's not very funny.

Cuaron had then no particular feel for the dynamics of bedroom farce. Consequently, much of the huffing and puffing and chasing and racing are tiring rather than amusing or smart. And the thin plot is distended and circuitous in the extreme (even though the film runs less than 90 minutes, it feels like more than two hours). Many of the performers, too, though clearly professional and highly capable, seem overwrought or underused (Cuaron's connection to and understanding of actors must have grown immensely over the years). I'm happy to have seen this early work, even if I found it one of the rare instances in which I enjoyed and profited from the Special Feature interviews more than from the movie itself.

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