Five Great Moments From Films Directed By Alfonso Cuaron

Posted by Sophie Vickers December 16, 2013 3 Comments 1131 views

It’s that time of year again where all the potential award films start creeping their way into cinemas, and one that’s attracted a particularly large amount of buzz is traumatic space disaster movie Gravity. In honour of this, here are five of the best moments from films directed by it’s director Alfonso Cuaran.

What’s your favorite moment in an Alfonso Cuaron film? Tell us in the comments!

gravThe Start of the panic in Gravity

There are many breath taking and intense scenes in Gravity, but the scene that found the most stressful is the one in which Sandra Bullock’s Ryan Stone first gets cut loose from the space ship and ends up spinning unattached and uncontrolled into the abyss of space. It’s not a horror film, but that scene is genuinely very scary and made me feel more than a little uneasy.

caJasper’s Joke in Children of Men

Children of Men is one of my favorite ever films for so many reasons, and whilst there are some stunning action sequences and large, dramatic scenes featuring some spectacular acting, one of the best aspects is a tiny little scene featuring Micheal Caine’s lovely old hippie Jasper, where he tells this joke about infertility:

“Ok, the Human Project gives this great, big dinner for all the scientists and sages in the world. They’re tossing around theories about the ultimate mystery: why are all the women infertile? Why can’t we make babies anymore? So, some say it’s genetic experiments, gamma rays, pollution, same ol’, same ol’. So, anyway, in the corner, this Englishman’s sitting, he hasn’t said a word, he’s just tuckin’ in his dinner. So, they decide to ask him, they say, “Well, why do you think we can’t make babies anymore?” And he looks up at ‘em, he’s chewin’ on this great big wing and he says “I haven’t the faintest idea,” he said, “but this stork is quite tasty isn’t he?”

Any film that will make up a joke is a winner in my book.

prinThe feast in A Little Princess

It surprised me recently to learn that Alfonso Cuaran also directed one of my most beloved childhood films, but he did. The whole film is lovely, but nothing’s quite as nice as the scene where, after a night of Sarah and Becky imagining a feast in their dingy attic bedroom they awake to a heavenly feast.

ytuThe toast in Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien is a sort of sexually graphic coming-of-age road trip movie that features many strange narrative turns and glimpses into the future. It’s three central characters are incredibly interesting, and one of the stand out scenes occurs at the end where a frank, drunken chat about sex results in several confessions, some regrettable behavior and the uttering of the immortal toast ‘to the clitoris’. Quite.

comThe halt in the battle in Children of Men

Back to Children of Men again, because there are too many great moments in this film to settle at just the one. Towards the end of the film, the first baby in over eighteen years is born in the middle of a huge battle, and as she’s carried out into the street, every single person momentarily stops fighting at the sheer shock of seeing a child again. It may be a short lived peace, but it’s a very powerful moment.

What’s your favorite moment in an Alfonso Cuaron film? Tell us in the comments!

About Sophie Vickers

I'm a 21 year old journalism graduate from the North East of England who likes to stay inside watching films to avoid the rain. I like quiet little indie films, zombies and Natalie Portman and I dislike horribly predictable romcoms. Favourite film: Children of Men.

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There are 3 Comments

  1. - December 16, 2013
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    Glad you mentioned A Little Princess, my favorite Alfonso Cuaron film, and a very neglected gem from the 1990s.

    Here’s a link to my favorite scene:

  2. - December 17, 2013
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    I have always loved the moment in Prisoner of Azkaban where the boys eat the candy that gives them animal noises. It’s not from the book, and yet works so well for the characters, reminding us that they are just 13.

    I also like the narrator’s bit about the town that the childhood nanny is from in Y Tu Mama – my favorite bit of narration from a film with magnificent narration.

  3. - December 17, 2013
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    I’m glad that you mentioned the halt in the battle in Children of Men, which is such a chilling and poignant moment. When the chaos begins again, it’s a shock to the system and spotlights just how far gone this society has become. Brilliant scene!

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