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2h 15min
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Synopsis:
With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuaron recreated the early-1970's Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals.
Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuaron, 'Roma' is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author's memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
Actors:
Yalitza Aparicio, , Diego Cortina Autrey, , Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, Verónica García, Andy Cortés, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, José Manuel Guerrero Mendoza, Latin Lover, Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano, José Luis López Gómez, Edwin Mendoza Ramírez, Clementina Guadarrama, , Nicolás Peréz Taylor Félix, Kjartan Halvorsen
Directors:
Producers:
Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez
Writers:
Alfonso Cuarón
Others:
Marina de Tavira, Barbara Enriquez, Eugenio Caballero, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, Sergio Díaz, José Antonio García, Yalitza Aparicio, Gabriela Rodríguez, Adam Gough
Studio:
Criterion Collection
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Mexico, Drama
Awards:

2019 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

2019 BAFTA Best Cinematography

2019 BAFTA Best Film

2019 BAFTA Best Direction

2019 Oscar Best Cinematography

2019 Oscar Best Director

2019 Oscar Best Foreign Film

2018 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2020
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English, French, Spanish Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2020
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English, French, Spanish Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Road to "Roma." a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuaron
  • Snapshots from the Set, a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela Rodriguez and Nicolas Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others
  • New documentaries about the film's sound and post-production processes, featuring Cuaron; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team; editor Adam Gough; postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales; and finishing artist Steven J. Scott
  • New documentary about the films ambitious theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring Celis and Rodriguez
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Reviews (4) of Roma

Compelling viewing - Roma review by PD

Spoiler Alert
Updated 05/03/2020

In this superb film, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón uses a large canvas to tell the story of 'ordinary' lives that are, of course, extraordinary. Shot in black and white, the film is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s (apparently a re-creation of Cuarón’s home as a child), and centres on a young indigenous woman who works as a maid for a middle-class white family that’s in danger of falling apart. Cuarón uses one household on one street as a synecdoche of the city (the country?), working on an epic scale but with a distinctly personal sensibility with the effect that the film is less of a drama than a meditation on the past or a dream.

The film is set for the most part in a neighbourhood where families live behind locked gates, and where a myriad of servants busily keep homes running. In one such house, Cleo (the quite wonderful Yalitza Aparicio) lives with and works for a multi-generational family that seems incapable of doing the slightest thing for itself. A series of events slowly upends the stability of this world, and the film includes an earthquake, an unexpected pregnancy, death and betrayal, but carries you through with the sheer power of its humanism. In one of the most astonishing sequences, Cleo and the family’s grandmother, Señora Teresa (Verónica García), watch a student demonstration turn into a police riot through the window of a furniture showroom. Cuarón doesn’t identify the incident — apparently known as the Corpus Christi Massacre of 1971 — but gives us harrowing flashes of chaotic violence and human suffering.

Like Cleo, the camera is often mobile, anticipating and following her movements like a faithful companion, whilst the family’s four children tend to blur into a cacophonous but rather charming little mob. The constantly-on-edge mother, Sofía (Marina De Tavira) is unfairly berated by her husband and she, in turn, occasionally rebukes Cleo, a chain of exploitation that Cuarón represents coolly, occasionally letting a camera movement comment for him. There's a minimal plot, and this, together with its length, might put off some, but for those with patience, there's much to admire in Cuarón's vision of a woman and a world shaped by a colonialist past that inexorably weighs down the present without being at all heavy-handed - the director's, and Cleo's, viewpoints are instead created via visual choices, staging and camerawork. There are many scenes that can be truly called 'great', perhaps particularly two stunning sequences, one involving childbirth, and one towards the end involving dangerous waters, that are viscerally terrifying and emotionally overwhelming.

Few of the male characters come out of this tale very well, and of course the film is dedicated to Liboria Rodríguez (“for Libo”), the woman who raised him, who is beautifully depicted as something of a stoic, loving, heroic figure that is totally compelling.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Engrossing - Roma review by KD

Spoiler Alert
16/04/2020

Beautifully filmed and acted with a superb soundtrack giving you a real sense of life in Mexico City. The extras on the disc include a fascinating film about the making of Roma which is a real bonus.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Great - watch this film! - Roma review by TF

Spoiler Alert
17/05/2020

A compelling portrait of society in 70a Mexico through the life of a young woman servant. All the relationships and characters are lovingly shown as individuals.

The film quietly but powerfully dissects issues of class, power, gender and religion without losing any of its humanity and complexity.

Brilliant! I loved this film!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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