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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.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writer:

Alfonso Cuarón
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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 ... 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

Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roma See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,148,031
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X) (mainland China theatrical release)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alfonso Cuarón's second-longest feature film, following Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). See more »

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The dining room chairs vary from scene to scene. 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

The closing credits end with "Shantih Shantih Shantih," the conclusion to every mantra in the Upanishads, a collection of 108 Hindu scriptures. "Shantih" was referenced several times in Alfonso Cuarón's earlier film, Children of Men (2006). See more »


Soundtracks

La Enamorada que soné
Written by Osmar Navarro
Performed by Los Terricolas
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V.
Courtesy of Orfeón Videovox, S.A.
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One for the art house crowd.

In the interests of full disclosure I must admit I only made it half way through this movie. Perhaps that makes my review unfair but on the other hand an hour is surely sufficient time to expect some sort of payback.

We immediately know this is an arthouse movie because a) it is in "black and white" and b) its opening credits are possibly the longest and most boring in cinematic history. Perhaps this was just a cunning and thoughtful ploy to get all the non-arty people out of the movie theater in the first few minutes thereby saving them two hours of wasted time.

Inexplicably other reviewers praise the cinematography. I could not agree less. First there IS no cinematography in the commonly accepted sense. It seems to me that the cinematography is limited to pointing the camera in the general direction of the "action", something that is done adequately for sure but not exactly the height of sophistication and innovation. Second, the movie is in "black and white". There is a reason I put "black and white" in quotations. Real black and white is what people used to make with black and white film, and if you want to see what this looks like, and some REAL cinematography using all the finesse and effects that black and white film allows, you could do a lot worse than watch "The Third Man", a masterclass in the use of lighting. "Roma" has evidently been filmed in colour and someone has clicked the "convert to Black and white" button on some software to produce this insipid parody of black and white. It has such a limited dynamic range there is virtually no contrast and it should more accurately called "grey and white". I found it incredibly difficult to watch and impossible to pick out any detail. Technicalities aside we might reasonably ask why a film set in the 70s should be made in "black and white" at all. What exactly was the point in this decision?

We might equally well ask the same of the plot - was there actually any point? We are presented with about a dozen characters none of whom we get close to. They are all just cardboard cutouts that we see as props rather than characters than we can empathize with and root for. I really don't care about the Doctor and his wife's problems because I don't know who they are. Ditto, the two maids. Where did they come from? Why should I care? We see them go through their daily routines but, well, so what? One of them suddenly finds herself in a hotel room with a virtual stranger waving a curtain rail about. Of course she gets pregnant. But who is she? Why did she just jump into bed with a stranger? We will never know because we don't know her as a person. It is all very intellectual and distant.

Roma is not a "bad" movie as such but it is extremely pretentious and seemingly made for the gratification of the director rather than for an actual audience.


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