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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.


Alfonso Cuarón


Alfonso Cuarón
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 249 wins & 210 nominations. See more awards »





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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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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


During a scene where the family is having breakfast, Toño and his friend Beto are arguing about the results of Super Bowl V. Toño says, "The Cowboys won only because Baltimore was overconfident." Beto replies, "What are you talking about? We scored three touchdowns in the second half. One after the other!" In reality, The Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-13. See more »


Reflection of a few members of the crew is visible during dolly shot as Cleo walks to the movie theater with the family. See more »


Sra. Sofía: And if your mom asks when you'll be back?
Sr. Antonio: I'll call her. Where's my brown tie?
Sra. Sofía: I'll ask Cleo.
Sr. Antonio: This house is a mess. The fridge is full of empty cartons and there's dog crap everywhere.
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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 »


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Yellow River
Written by Jeff Christie
Performed by Christie
La Fleur Music Ltd. represented by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
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User Reviews

One month later, I am still stunned...
13 December 2018 | by Lepidopterous_See all my reviews

Ignore the hype. Ignore the awards. Hell, ignore this review--just sit back and experience this film for yourself.

Simply put, Roma is among the richest examples of what cinema can offer.

Over the brief 134-minute runtime, we grow into a family in a patient and natural way as we live and breathe their day-to-day lives in 1970s Mexico City. The film is essentially a sequence of episodes, big or small in its impact on a family, affecting characters in different ways, and told primarily through the perspective of the housemaid, Cleo (Yalitzo Aparicio). We experience hardships, love, anger, tragedy, bliss, and even the smallest of human emotions, such as childhood naïveté. And like children, we once again embrace the details of life, from collecting hail from the ground by hand as it falls from the sky to sharing a hug as last night's rain can be heard still trickling down the gutters.

Written, directed, produced, filmed, and edited by Alfonso Cuarón, this is as much a personal work as it is a testament to an artist's vision and talent. It is a historically-grounded film that comes alive with Tati-esque significance reaching every corner of the frame, with camerawork so intentional that it fills our hearts with a mother's pain, an Ozu-like story that ranges from lighthearted to cathartic, and a brilliant pattern of recurring, cyclic, familiarizing setting elements that appreciates and brings into light the reality of everyday life.

Perhaps one of Roma's strongest thematic undercurrents is the perseverance of women within the societal stronghold of men. With its unapologetic display of evil deeds at the expense of women going criminally unnoticed every day, Roma is, in a way, a love letter to say that Cuarón did not forget the multifaceted strength of the women in his life (it is dedicated to his nanny and, like Fellini's Roma, was inspired by his own childhood).

The film's end felt like awaking from a dream. As the lights turned on, I looked around the theater, as if we have all just transported back to our own lives. Cuarón has accomplished something extraordinary here. While much of Roma comes from the memories of childhood, it is also a film that will bring each one of us back to what movies are about. And that is the greatest mark of an exceptional film.

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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