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Roma (2018)

16 | | 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 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

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. ...

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

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рома See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To avoid a "subjective depiction" of the period, Alfonso Cuarón chose to shoot the bulk of the film in wide shots, slowing panning over a scene, taking everything in. See more »

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One scene includes a 1974 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon. See more »

Quotes

Sra. Sofía: We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

El Andariego
Written by Álvaro Carrillo
Performed by Ricardo Rojas Pérez, Arturo Acosta Carrillo, Vicente Cervantes Martínez
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional, S.A. de C.V.
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I was NOT mentally and emotionally prepared for this!
7 December 2018 | by philipposx-12290See all my reviews

I can't believe the pure emotion Alfonso Cuarons "Roma" got out of me. On a technical level, this movie is as great as a movie can get. In terms of cinematography, directing, editing, sound & art design, setting, color grading and especially performances this is beyond perfection. Cuaron uses extremely long takes to evoke certain emotions and put you into 1970 Mexico. Unlike everything else the characters feel so real, so down to earth and so drowned by the world.

And yet Cuaron manages to put some magic into his movie and the brutality of his realism. I will not spoil, but only say forest fires. There are two more absolutely stunning, breathtaking and completely destructive scenes in the movie the had me emotionally out of my seat. The performance by the movies main star is worth the Oscar, if anything.

This is cruel cinema. Cinema at its best, but cinema that isn't easy to swallow. Objectively this is easily in the top 5 films of 2018 and it is something that you really have to watch on the big screen to appreciate all of Cuarons love for detail and symbolism.


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