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Roma (2018)

R | | Drama | 21 November 2018 (USA)
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A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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Alfonso Cuarón

Writer:

Alfonso Cuarón
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Alfonso Cuarón and the Meaning of Memory

Alfonso Cuarón reveals how he turned his childhood memories into the Oscar-nominated film Roma.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yalitza Aparicio ... Cleo
Marina de Tavira ... Sra. Sofía
Diego Cortina Autrey ... Toño
Carlos Peralta ... Paco
Marco Graf ... Pepe
Daniela Demesa ... Sofi
Nancy García García ... Adela
Verónica García ... Sra. Teresa
Andy Cortés Andy Cortés ... Ignacio
Fernando Grediaga ... Sr. Antonio
Jorge Antonio Guerrero ... Fermín
José Manuel Guerrero Mendoza José Manuel Guerrero Mendoza ... Ramón
Latin Lover Latin Lover ... Profesor Zovek
Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano ... Dra. Velez
José Luis López Gómez José Luis López Gómez ... Pediatra
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Storyline

Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when Antonio suddenly runs away with his mistress and Cleo finds out that she's pregnant. When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo for a much-needed getaway to clear her mind and bond with the family. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roma See more »

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Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Here is what Guillermo del Toro wrote on Alfonso Cuarón for Variety's 2018 version of annual "Directors on Directors" piece: "All roads lead to 'Roma,' as the saying goes. But the most successful, the most heartening of those roads is the one Alfonso took: after the enormous critical and box office triumph of Gravity (2013), Alfonso was in a perfect position to do whatever he wanted. He could have commanded life-setting paydays to helm any or all superhero stories, he could have decided to work with the biggest stars or tackle a blank-check epic full of color and bombast. And he chose 'Roma.' A black-and-white, minute re-creation of a Mexico that faded, that disappeared after the massive earthquake in 1985 (unnoticed by most, several blocks of the city were re-created, cars, avenues, stores and all on a backlot set built for the film) and the story of an unsung hero in a middle-class family with no great anecdote or particular agency in the large movements of history in Mexico. He chose to make an epic effort to tell an intimate story. He made a conscious effort to tell this story devoid of the trappings of Aristotelian three-act structure but he did so with what is, to date, his most precise, his most breathtaking use of cinema as a language and a medium. He chose wisely. And to me this is the confirmation of his spirit - one that he has demonstrated by going back and doing Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and will do again in the future. In these, our troubled times, he speaks about characters that are invisible and dramas that go unspoken, and thus he provides us with the most urgent of antidotes: empathy." See more »

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The subtitles misspell the model name of the family's Ford Galaxie as "Galaxy." See more »

Quotes

Cleo: I didn't want her.
Sra. Sofía: What?
Cleo: I didn't want her.
Sra. Sofía: They're ok.
Cleo: I didn't want her to be born.
Sra. Sofía: We love you so much, Cleo. Right?
Cleo: Poor little thing.
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Crazy Credits

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Toque de Silenco / Saluda a la Bandera
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I get it.
24 January 2019 | by johnofardealSee all my reviews

I get why the numerous nominations and I get why some people were disappointed by the lack of storytelling.

First things first - the cinematography is stellar and poetic. You could pause the movie every 5 seconds and get a stunning photograph. The long takes simply got me.

Secondly - yes, there is no epic story here. And you know what? That's exactly how things are in life. This is what this movie is all about - the silent drama of the boring lives we, normal people, go through as we sit on time's sidelines. In the grand schemes of things, we don't matter. Just as Cleo's drama doesn't matter to anyone except her. She's all alone with her struggles, just as we all are.


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