Alfonso Cuarón’s problematic portrayal of female figures in Y tu mamá también and Roma

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Lourdes Ramirez (Creator)
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Laura Chesak

Abstract: The purpose of this work is to analyze the problematic portrayal of female figures in two Mexican films by Alfonso Cuarón: Y tu mamá también (2001) and Roma (2018). I will examine how Cuarón shapes and presents his female characters’ identities as they attempt to emancipate themselves and self-actualize from the hold imposed on them due to societal constraints, such as stereotypical gender roles, class differences, and the domestic spaces that they inhabit. In order to establish this connection, I have supported my work with Laura Mulvey’s male gaze theory and Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectional feminism. While Cuarón is known for his feminist filmography, this critique will offer a different take on his female figures to identify the problematic ways in which he has represented them.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Alfonso Cuarón, Film, Film Studies, Gender Roles, Latin American Film, Mexican Cinema
Cuaro´n, Alfonso $x Criticism and interpretation
Motion pictures $z Mexico $x History and criticism
Women in motion pictures

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