Alfonso Cuarón on Exposition and Explanation

You leave some major questions unanswered — such as what caused the infertility — which some viewers might consider bold and others frustrating.

I agree. But the thing is that you cannot please everybody. There’s a kind of cinema I detest, which is a cinema that is about exposition and explanations. Cinema has become now a medium — well a lot of mainstream, and even indie sometimes — it’s become now what I call a medium for lazy readers. It’s illustrated stories. You can close your eyes and you can follow the movie. What’s the point of seeing the movie? Cinema is a hostage of narrative. And I’m very good at narrative as a hostage of cinema.

Alfonso Cuarón, director of “Y tu mamá también” searches for hope in “Children of Men

2 Comments

  1. Alex Williamson June 24, 2011

    I think this film is brilliant – it was on last night and I was meant to be doing something else, it just captures me, the camera angles really capture the rawness of the scenes, especially the first attack on the car. Brilliant.

  2. Will Ellwood June 24, 2011

    It really is an almost perfect film. The long takes in scenes like the first car attack are fascinating. As far as I can tell they were filmed without too much trickery.

    Have you seen David Chronenberg’s version of J.G. Ballard’s Crash? That does very similar things with camera angles and editing.

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