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Sólo con Tu Pareja (1991)

Sólo con tu pareja (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1992 (Mexico)
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A womanizer is falsely diagnosed with AIDS by a jealous lover and falls in love with a woman equally suicidal as he.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Carlos Cuarón (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Tomás Tomás
Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez ... Clarisa Negrete
Luis de Icaza Luis de Icaza ... Mateo Mateos
Astrid Hadad ... Teresa de Teresa
Dobrina Cristeva Dobrina Cristeva ... Silvia Silva (as Dobrina Liubomirova)
Isabel Benet ... Gloria Gold
Toshirô Hisaki Toshirô Hisaki ... Takeshi
Carlos Nakasone Carlos Nakasone ... Koyi
Ricardo Dalmacci ... Carlos
Claudia Fernández Claudia Fernández ... Lucía
Luz María Jerez ... Paola
Nevil Wilton Nevil Wilton ... Pasmal
John Keys John Keys ... Absolut Boozer
Raúl Valerio Raúl Valerio ... Guardian at Torre Latinoamericana
Monserrat Ontiveros ... Mrs. Panza
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Storyline

Yuppie and womanizer Tomas is caught in a trap when falsely diagnosed with A.I.D.S. by Silvia, a nurse who finds herself cheated by the young Casanova. Looking for a quick death (putting his head into a microwave oven) Tomas falls in love with Clarisa, a beautiful stewardess who is also suicidal because her boyfriend is having a love affair with a blonde stewardess from Continental Airlines. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English | Japanese | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Sólo con Tu Pareja See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,921, 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,074, 1 October 2006
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First feature film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. See more »

Quotes

Mateo Mateos: Audaces fortuna iuvat, man.
Tomás Tomás: Who taught you all that bullshit?
Mateo Mateos: The Jesuits. Why?
Tomás Tomás: Just Wondering.
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Referenced in Popcorn (1991) See more »

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A Hilariously Entertaining Buried Treasure
20 October 2008 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Solo Con Tu Pareja is a buried treasure. It's a bombastic screwball comedy by Alfonso Cuaron, who has since masterfully crafted Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men with stunning individuality and creativity, both of which are within the consistent, crisply paced spirit of slapstick and farce that flourishes throughout this enormously entertaining movie about Tomás Tomás, a yuppie playboy, and a young publicist. Silvia Silva, the frustrated dupe of one of his sexual misadventures, tries to get back at him by typing "positive" on his AIDS test. Tomás, wanting to end his life, meets Clarissa, a flight attendant, who is also trying to end her own after finding out that her boyfriend is having an affair.

It seems tasteless to make humor out of AIDS, but if it's funny, what's the problem? There isn't one then, is there? And one can't dispute that it's admirable for a film, not to mention a comedy, to break the myth that AIDS is a seclusively homosexual disease, a myth built by masculine ego, which this film parodies by its womanizing protagonist, played by an admittedly less than charming actor though it is a role that would not be far from ideal for Cary Grant.

Really, what makes the film so funny is how insensitive everyone is. So many characters laugh at someone's tragic misfortune, are cavalier with life-or-death situations, are indifferent towards farcical situations which tie themselves in knots and Clarissa, the flight attendant, winds up quite accidentally with Tomas's stool rather than the lunch she has packed. Cuaron, along with his brother Carlos with whom he collaborated on the zany screenplay, loosens us up with affronting insensitivity splashed all over his broad comedy.

Aside from some explosively hilarious moments, a lot of one's enjoyment derives from the time and place in which this obscure gem was made. It has the feel of a high-production- value 1990s movie and conceives an expressionistic treatment of Mexico City as a personality, as a character in this film. Everything in this movie is alive, so how can one be offended by the film's seeming tactlessness? The filmmakers clearly have enormous strength of mind. They merely show us that life is life and fate is fate.


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