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  • Actors: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Claudia Ramírez, Luis de Icaza, Astrid Hadad, Dobrina Liubomirova
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
  • Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón
  • Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Carolina Fox, Fumiko Takagi, Heather Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U5R6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solo Con Tu Pareja (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • "Making Solo con tu pareja" interview featurette
  • Alfonso Cuaron's 1983 short film Quartet for the End of Time
  • Co-screenwriter Carlos Cuaron's 2000 short film Wedding Night
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Booklet with a new essay by film scholar Ryan Long, and a biographical sketch of the main character written by Carlos Cuarón

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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.

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A fast-paced romantic comedy, Sólo con tu pareja was director Alfonso Cuarón's ticket to a bright and promising future. Inspired by the classic screwball comedies of Ernst Lubitsch, this social satire (the title translates as "Only with Your Partner") was Cuarón's feature debut, but because it was a state-funded film that poked fun at Mexican culture, it was initially withheld from release by the Mexican government, only to become a critical and popular success when it was finally released in Mexico in 1991. (It wasn't released in the U.S. until 2006.) A remarkably polished debut, it offered ample proof that Cuarón was a talent to watch, as proven by the films Cuarón would later direct both in and out of Hollywood, including A Little Princess (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Y tu mamá también (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and the near-future thriller Children of Men (2006). The talent behind those later films is fully evident here, and from a lively script by his brother Carlos, Cuarón concocts a frothy farce about a reckless playboy named Tomás (Daniel Giménez Cacho, from Almodovar's Bad Education) whose bed-hopping catches up with him when his latest conquest, a sexy nurse, falsely checks the "positive" box on his latest AIDS test to curtail Tomás's rampant womanizing.

Now wait a minute... this is a comedy with AIDS humor, from 1991? This was certainly a bold move from the Cuarón brothers, but the humor is handled with graceful style, and as Tomás grows affectionately obsessed with a gorgeous neighbor in his Mexico City apartment building, his once-thriving love life grows increasingly (and comedically) complicated. The casting is flawless, the slapstick humor is impeccably timed, and the film is technically blessed by the brilliant cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki, who supervised this high-definition digital transfer to DVD, and who followed Cuarón on a mutual path to international acclaim. Thematically enriched by Mozart's Don Giovanni (heard throughout the soundtrack), Sólo con tu pareja can now be appreciated as a well-crafted launching pad for one of the most consistently impressive filmmakers of the early 21st century. --Jeff Shannon

On the DVD
The Criterion Collection supplements for Sólo con tu pareja are nearly as enjoyable as the film itself. "Making Sólo con tu pareja" is a 30-minute documentary (2006) featuring in-depth interviews with Alfonso and Carlos Cuarón and lead actor Daniel Giménez Cacho. Also included is Cuarteto para el fin del tiempo, a short written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón when he was a film student in 1983; another short film, Noche de bodas ("Wedding Night"), written and directed for Mexican television by Carlos Cuarón in 2000; and the original theatrical trailer for Sólo con tu pareja. In the accompanying 28-page booklet, an essay by scholar Ryan F. Long examines the film from the perspective of Mexican culture and politics, and Carlos Cuarón contributes a detailed character history of Tomás that was written so Daniel Giménez Cacho could thoroughly understand the character he was playing. (Other character profiles are available on the Criterion Collection Web site.) It's a fascinating piece of background history, demonstrating the care and detail that went into the creation of this highly enjoyable comedy. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

It's just all too familiar (to me, at least).
K. Harris
The acting is very good, the story line is better and the photography is the best.
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This is not totally about aids nor does it make light of aids really.
Fellini's Hippocampus

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on July 17, 2007
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In his madcap debut film, the Mexican director of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" somehow fuses a bawdy farce in the grand Hollywood tradition with a modern commentary on HIV and mortality--and makes it work. What begins as a room-to-room sex romp--with Tomás clambering along catwalks between his apartment and that of his friend Mateo (Luis de Icaza), who's helping out in the seduction game--soon takes a sobering turn as the bird-dogging bachelor finds himself wrapped in the arms of both love and death. Assured and lively, fluidly paced and buoyantly acted, "Solo con tu pareja" is a slapstick comedy with a zesty Latin heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Caballero on February 20, 2007
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Excelent re-Issue of one classic of the New Mexican Cinema. I was a big fan of these movie and the careful re-issue of it did not desapoint me.

Great quality in the transfer and excelletn extras.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley H. Nemeth on December 30, 2006
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In his debut feature, Alfonso Cuaron, a leading figure in the current renaissance of Mexican cinema, presents a mostly amusing contemporary take on Mozart's "Don Giovanni." His protagonist Tomas is a modern, Mexico City variant of that unreflective womanizer who recurs in all times and cultures. Like Mozart's Don, Tomas experiences mostly embarrassing comic encounters and little erotic success during the part of his life treated in the film, and at the end he too has a comeuppance, though one more in line with the forgiving, screwball comedy spirit of Blake Edwards or Ernst Lubitsch than that of Mozart's "dramma giocoso."
If the film has a weakness, I would say it's the prolongation of Tomas' early farcical encounters which threaten to grow tiresome and don't fully blend with the film's subtext of social criticism.
Otherwise, this is a movie of considerable merit, and it heralds the future career of a highly talented filmmaker.
Praise should go as well to the beautiful photography and the skillful comic acting of the principal players.
The Criterion DVD is, happily enough, accompanied by an extended interview with the Cuaron brothers and their star Daniel Gimenez Cacho. It is distinguished by wit and charm.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fellini's Hippocampus on October 28, 2006
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This is not totally about aids nor does it make light of aids really. It's just a part of the plot of this great dark romantic comedy that even a romantic comedy hater can enjoy! Yes it has people attempting suicide but in hilarious ways!! If anything the wonderfully eccentric actions of the main character Tomas Tomas was worth viewing the movie in itself!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ted VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
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Sólo con tu pareja which means "only with your partner" is about a womanizing young man named Tomás whose promiscuity gets him into trouble.

When he has an encounter with a nurse after a visit to a his doctor, she intentionaly gives him a false diagnosis of AIDS. Despondant as a result of falsely believing he has AIDS he attempts suicide and is walked in on by a friend whose husband is cheating on her. Meanwhile Tomás's doctor learns of the Nurse's prank and Tomás's death wish and franctically tries to find him before he kills himself.

The film is directed by Alfonso Cuarón who went on to make the worldwide hit Y tu mamá también or "And Your Mother Too"

The DVD has some special features includinga theatrical trailer and a documentary of the film's production an interview with Alfonso Cuarón and his brother Carlos, and actor Daniel Giménez Cacho.

Also included are 2 short films one by each of the Cuarón brothers. "Cuarteto para el fin del tiempo" by Alfonso is about a man who lives alone in an apartment and counters boredom with unusual activities. The other film "Noche de bodas" by Carlos is about a hotel porter and maid who have intimate relations in a hotel room and are walked in on by customers on their honeymoon.

This film has some funny scenes but may offend some people due to the macabre humor and sex scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly S. on June 15, 2007
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this is a great movie. its funny and original. the screenplay and cinematography are really good and it shows a great view of mexico city. its an extremely funny love story that i cant stop watching.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2006
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The years have not passed by this film. True, the reality in Mexico City's everyday life is way worse than then but this movie does not feel nostalgic either. The acting is very good, the story line is better and the photography is the best. The music score is amazingly well integrated into the movie. It is not easy to have Mozart music on a 90's sex comedy set in Mexico City. However it works well, very well.

My memories of this movie are always of Claudia Ramirez and Mozart's Gran Partita.

I would say that this movie stands a bit apart from all other Cuaron films. It is set in Mexico about Mexican midclass pleople and it has a freshness not found in all his other movies, which, I agree, have some other and even more important virtues as well.
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Being a huge fan of Alfonso Cuarón's "Y tu mamá también" and having watched his evolution in American cinema (capped off with the great "Children of Men"), I was excited to check out this presentation of an early Cuarón film: "Sólo con tu pareja." Described here (and in many places) as a romantic comedy, I'm going to call it what it is. It is a pretty traditional sex farce. Anyone familiar with the sex farce genre (particularly international efforts from France and Spain) will instantly recognize many of the elements (both good and bad) which seem to follow this type of film. It may have been a groundbreaker in Mexican cinema, but it plays by all the expected conventions.

Any good sex farce teaches two major lessons: (1) promiscuity or irresponsible sex can be funny and (2) true love and redemption can be found in the arms of a character you either know nothing about or have nothing in common with. "Sólo con tu pareja" adheres to these lessons with precision. Following the escapades of Tomás, a copywriting Don Juan, the film instantly sets up how irresistible he is! Apparently his moderate good looks, bumbling manner, whiny behavior and inconsiderate nature are like catnip to Mexico's most beautiful women (he even beds a bride on her wedding day, rock on)! With plenty of slapstick and sexual frolicking, the first hour of this picture plays out exactly as you might imagine. Then Tomás spies his new neighbor, falls instantly in love (without speaking to her), and becomes even more clumsily endearing (or at least more clumsy).

There is an interesting twist in the film's final third. Many descriptions give it away, but I won't.
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