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.
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Official submission of Mexico for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more
When the family arrives at Don Jose's there is a Harley Davidson motorcycle parked with the cars. The motorcycle has front disc brakes, which were not available on Harley Davidson's until 1973. See more
And I started drinking, and then huffing. I was dying. But then I discovered martial arts. And everything came into focus. Just like when you look at me.
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
Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards
Written by Jeff Christie
Performed by Christie
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