Alfonso Cuarón's debut film Sólo con tu pareja is one of the best Mexican made films of the early 90s. This isn't really saying much, I guess, since Mexico didn't make that many films in the early 90s compared to bigger film producing countries. Nevertheless, this is an impressive debut from Alfonso Cuarón, the man who went on to make some of my all-time favourite films (Y tu mamá también and Children of Men). Written by Alfonso's brother Carlos Cuarón, this film is a satiric sex comedy that can be compared in many ways to Cuarón's later film Y tu mamá también. Just like también, this film opens with a sex scene and has many other sex scenes throughout (in this film, however, the sexual content is used in comedic effect for the most part). Tomás Tomás is a commonly seen character in Mexican cinema. He's a well known man that could get all the women he wants and does. His doctor friend tells him that he should be tested for HIV because he has a lot of random sex and when he finally does get tested he hits on the nurse taking her home later that night. When he brings her home, he realizes he also has a date with another woman and brings her to his friend's apartment which he is supposed to be watching. During the night, he plays a game of back-and-forth between rooms via the window ledge so he can keep up his appearance and not seem like a total loser for trying to pull off two dates in one night. Unluckily for him, one of his dates became fed up with his absence on their date and stormed out of his apartment and his other date found out he was seeing another woman at the same time. He lost both women and ended up looking like a fool.Putting the bad night aside, Tomás finds another woman, this time believing it to be true love. She lives in the room next to him and he spies on her from the window ledge. He hasn't spoken to her yet in fear of making a fool of himself. When he actually does speak to her, they get along great, but she says she is engaged and soon to be married. More bad luck comes Tomás' way when his nurse date, still angry and seeking revenge, altered his HIV test results making him believe his test came out HIV positive. Depressed, suicidal and in love, Tomás faces the biggest decision of his life. The plot, which sounds like a bad Mexican soap opera, is actually quite fun to watch play out and isn't as cliché as it may sound. The only clichés that come into play in this film are the ones of Mexican culture which Cuarón uses effectively in solidifying his satirical themes. One of the other main themes in this film is the focus on HIV. This film shed new light on the disease and was even controversial in dealing with the topic in a comic way.This film not only marked the cinematic debut of director Alfonso Cuarón, but also the cinematic debut of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. They both worked together on numerous projects before Sólo con tu pareja, but this was their first feature length collaboration. They've also worked together on The Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y tu mamá también and Children of Men. A fantastic team, both of them being some of my favourite people working in world cinema today.Alfonso Cuarón is one of my personal favourite directors. He is an impressive artist that has made fantastic films and written some wonderful stories. His vision is impressive, inspirational and loyal to Mexican culture. It's inspirational especially knowing that Sólo con tu pareja (and Y tu mamá también) was Cuarón's only Mexican-produced film, the rest of his films being produced by the USA. He remained loyal to his Mexican roots and wasn't Americanized at all when filming the rest of his films in the USA. Overall, this film is a fantastic debut for Cuarón. It may not be his best work, but it definitely defined him as a director and proved to audiences that he is someone to watch out for. He has most recently established himself as one of the top Mexican directors (among the likes of Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Del Toro), but is not only known to Mexicans, he's known internationally (especially after filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). If you're a fan of Mexican cinema, Alfonso Cuarón or even a good satiric comedy, I highly recommend this film to you.