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Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.



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The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón's first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013, ROMA will be available in theaters and on Netflix later this year.

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  • It's beautiful story, he shot it himself along side writing and directing, at this stage we can see it in a bunch of different places, its on Netflix & in theaters, but go see it in theaters!

    Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This has plenty to say about class relations too, but what's most impressive about it is how the Mexican writer-director-cinematographer-editor transforms even his political observations into the stuff of big-screen spectacle.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A political protest, an emergency at a hospital and a dramatic beach scene achieve the seemingly impossible balance of being intimate and grand.

    Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For all its worthy intentions, "Roma" is little more than the righteous affirmation of good intentions.

    Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Roma captures, as well as any film I have seen, the spirit of "magical realism," without ever hinting at the supernatural. Its magic is pure, stunning cinematic technique.

    Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Alfonso Cuaron's new film, "Roma," gives you so much to see in each new vignette, in every individual composition, in fact, that a second viewing becomes a pleasurable necessity rather than a filmgoing luxury.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roma

  • Jul 28, 2019
    ALFONSO CURAON IS A GOD. Now that of course sounds ridiculous to most people, and I wouldn't blame you. Deifying auteur directors can come off as both distasteful and old hat. But this man's filmography combined with his latest masterpiece, Roma, should give you a clue into what I mean exactly. Cuarón along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro represent what some call "Mexican New Wave," which is a reference to the European New Wave directors who changed cinema into a more personal and contemplative medium. And the comparison is apt, particularly in Cuarón's case. Even his more commercial and mainstream entries (The Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity) tend to lean on the meditative and reflective side, often taxing the patience of mainstream audiences. And when he leans into his more thought-provoking ventures, (Sólo con Tu Pareja, Y Tu Mamá También, and Children of Men) you get a masterpiece. Roma sits proudly in the latter category. It concerns a middle-class family living in Mexico City during the early 70's. It is semi-autobiographical taking place literally across the street from where the director grew up and has several details from his childhood, including his absentee father, his single mother, going to the movie theater, and the influence of their family maid on his life. And it is from her point of view that we experience Roma, not from the children or the mother, but the family servant. Our protagonist comes from poverty and the indigenous populations of Mexico, but this is not remarked on by either the family or the film. Her background simply…is, like much of the film with its honest and matter-of-fact way of looking at domestic life. Roma's greatest strength and single most defining trait is the beauty of the minutia of everyday life in 1970 Mexico City. Children running down the street as bands play, an affluent neighborhood gives way to a slum, yet strangely both are beautiful in their own way, the rhythm of servants washing clothes and wiping down a driveway, a forest on fire as locals desperately try to put it out, large late 60's American cars struggling to navigate small Mexican alleyways, and a firefight erupting in the streets playing second fiddle to a pregnant woman being rushed to a hospital about to give birth. Many of these themes of everyday life and class division in Mexico closely resembles Y Tu Mamá También, but lacks its sharp cultural and political commentary. Roma's blunt and detached approach to violence may remind some of Children of Men. Roma's black and white cinematography helps reinforce that we are looking at the past, even if it is clear that we are not looking at an idealized past. Poverty, racism, and social strife exist, but they are treated objectively. In the end, the human relationships take center stage, but we are not subjected to maudlin or sentimental tones. It is perhaps one of the greatest examples of Cinéma verité I've ever seen. Yalitza Aparicio give a subdued performance of our often-silent maid and finds the best ways to communicate her emotional state non-verbally. Marina de Tavira does her best as the long-suffering family matriarch, who slowly, but surely realizes that she's on her own. This is probably the best offering Netflix has in terms of pure cinematic quality. It is a slow and deliberate film so patience is required. It more than earned its Best Picture nod at last years Academy Awards and does represent a milestone for streaming services. Perhaps we can get more quality pictures such as this from auteur directors. One can hope.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2019
    Imagine looking at an old album of black and white family photos; each picture provoking memories. But, it's the photos of one of the family's two servants that transcend memories and slowly come to life to reveal a simple woman you'll never forget.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2019
    A couple instances of poor acting by kids, but otherwise extraordinary!
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Roma is a personal and tumultuously grounded story that's beautifully crafted and shot by Alfonso Cuarón. Held together by its backdrop of 1970s turmoil in Mexico as well as the intimate struggles that coincide make this film the director's best and most earnest in his career as well as arguable for one of the best of the year. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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