The film's events take place in 1970 and 1971, predominantly in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Cleo (named after the Cléo character in Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7) is a maid in the household of Sofia, whose household consists of her husband Antonio, their four young children, Sofia's mother, Teresa, and another maid, Adela. Antonio, a doctor, leaves for a conference in Quebec. Among scenes of Cleo's life with the family - her cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to and from school, serving them meals, putting the kids to bed and waking them up - it becomes clear that Sofia and Antonio's marriage is strained. After a brief return, Antonio leaves again, saying he is going to Quebec for a few weeks. In their time off, Cleo and Adela go out with their boyfriends, Fermín and Ramón, to the theater. At the entrance, Cleo and Fermín decide to rent a room instead of seeing the movie. Fermín, while naked, shows off his martial arts skill using the shower curtain rod as a pole. ...
There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals.
Did You Know?
The film is dedicated to "Libo," who is the family servant the central character was based on. See more
In the beginning of the film when the family is having dinner. The dinner plates they are using are of the "Flor de Otoño" pattern manufactured by Santa Anita, they started operations in 1991. See more
Mountains are old, but they're still green.
The closing credits ends with a mantra from the Upanishads: "Shantih Shantih Shantih." This is also the closing line of the 1922 poem "The Waste Land" by T. S. Eliot. See more
Performed by Ricardo Rojas Pérez, Arturo Acosta Carrillo, Vicente Cervantes Martínez
Written by Álvaro Carrillo
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V. See more