Love in the Time of Hysteria / Only with Your Partner Quality Films | 1991 | 94 min | Rated RTC: B-15 | Jun 25, 2014
Before Alfonso Cuarón helmed the international sensation Y tu mamá también, he made his mark on Mexican cinema with the ribald and lightning-quick contemporary social satire Sólo con tu pareja. Don Juan–ish yuppie Tomás Tomás (Daniel Giménez Cacho, from Bad Education) spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can’t keep their names straight—until one of his many conquests, a spurned nurse, gives him a taste of his own medicine. Beautifully filmed in widescreen by the inimitable Emmanuel Lubezki (The New World), Cuarón’s wildly successful feature debut (which has never been released in the U.S.) gave voice to a Mexican middle-class that had remained largely unseen onscreen, and surveys contemporary urban sexual mores with style to spare.
With this comedy film Alfonso Cuarón won the Ariel Prize of Mexican cinema for the best original plot. Like Roma, the film starring Daniel Giménez Cacho (Tomás Tomás) has scenes filmed in the neighborhood where the director grew up, since the main character lives there. The humor revolves around the denial of the womanizer Tomás to have sex with a condom, until they tell him he has HIV.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Astrid Hadad, Claudia Ramírez, Luz María Jerez, Regina Orozco, Claudette Maillé
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.32 Mbps)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Single disc (1 BD-25)
Region A (B, C untested)