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Roma (2018)

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

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Alfonso Cuarón

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Alfonso Cuarón
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yalitza Aparicio ... Cleo
Marina de Tavira ... Sra. Sofía
Diego Cortina Autrey Diego Cortina Autrey ... Toño
Carlos Peralta Carlos Peralta ... Paco
Marco Graf Marco Graf ... Pepe
Daniela Demesa 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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A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alfonso Cuarón initially was going to make a "Darwinian Adam and Eve" story, which was a family drama set either 50,000 or 100,000 years ago, before Roma. However, when Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, heard the pitch and told him to make something more personal along the lines of Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Cuaron veered away. See more »

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You will fall in love in Roma
21 September 2018 | by GODZILLA_Alpha_PredatorSee all my reviews

The most stunning and poetic-beautiful film I have ever seen. Every single shot of the film feels like a character. The continuously-long shots show so much is going on in the backgrounds from the sounds and images of crowds of people, dogs barking, birds chirping to even planes flying by. These don't feel like distractions because the way Cuaron shoots them (also as his own cinematographer this time) makes them feel like they are these moving pieces of art. As the camera slowly pans through the inside of the family's house and the outside of the city and landscapes of the Mexican country, Cuaron's ability to show-not-tell immerses you into family's daily routines but also into the political climate where it reaches a boiling point in a very climatic scene. The digitally-shot black and white imaginery makes Roma feel like you step into old photograph get re-mastered and then was turned into a moving picture.

But it is what's in the foreground that is what really captures our attention in the main character Cleo (a great breakout performance from Yalitza Aparicio). She is the maid to this family that lives next door and takes of their house and children. She has become so accustomed to her work routine that she practically cares and looks after the kids as if they were here own family. And family is definitely the theme to best described this film. Throughout the story the father is rarely ever there as though he does not exist. And the lack of one parental figure has certain affects on Cleo's relationship with the kids and the mother, for better and worse. As the audience watches Cleo and become more invested in her personal life throughout the story, the changes in her emotional state begins to affect you.

Roma is a film packed with so many tones and emotions. There are many moments that are awkward, funny and quirky. These moments allow these characters to feel comfortable enough to show their spontaneous and optimistic sides. And then there are some where the story takes dark turns that deliver one hell of an emotional gut-punch. And by the end you feel just went through rollercoaster of emotions.

I saw this film at TIFF this month and while this film is produced by Netflix to be part of their streaming service, I highly recommend you see it in theatres first, if it gets a wide theatrical release this year, because it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen with great sound quality enveloping a large room. Don't let the first time you watch Roma be on your phone or tablet.


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