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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.

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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 ... 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

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

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roma See more »

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Many were mystified by Alfonso Cuarón's decision to release this very cinematic film on Netflix. One of his primary reasons for doing this was because foreign language films do not usually get adequate distribution. By releasing it on Netflix, Alfonso Cuarón knew Roma (2018) would potentially play to its widest audience. See more »

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The aircraft reflected in the water at the beginning is an Airbus 340, which was released for commercial use in 1993. There is also a Boeing 767 seen landing near the martial art field which was launched in the early 80s. See more »

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Cleo: I like being dead.
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References La hermana Trinquete (1970) See more »

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Already Want to See It Again
21 December 2018 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I already want to see "Roma" again.

It took me a good while to settle into the rhythms of Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed new film, and by the time I did I wanted to go back and start it over to see what I might have missed. A lot comes at the viewer in "Roma," and it's hard to take it all in on a first viewing. No...that's the wrong way to put it. Nothing comes at you -- you have to go after it. That's what makes "Roma" unique. Cuaron crams his frame in any given scene with tons of movement and sound, but he shoots almost everything in medium and long shots and chooses to pan his camera rather than insert a lot of edits. The result is you have to decide what you want to look at, and while the main protagonist is in virtually every scene, she's not always necessarily the focal point.

That protagonist, by the way, is Cleo, maid to a wealthy family and played in a quiet and quietly devastating performance by Yalitza Aparicio. "Roma" is an episodic assemblage of scenes that shows what life is like for Cleo, without big showy emotional moments or much editorializing. She's treated fairly well by the family she works for, but make no mistake -- they rarely let her forget she's their employee. The film is a lot about privilege. The family treats Cleo as one of their own when they feel like it or when it's convenient to, but don't when it's not. She's part of their most intimate moments and they her's, but she'll never really be one of them. She has much to take care of, but nothing of her own to really care for. And there's a big wide world out there, the movie makes clear, that will never include people like Cleo.

For a while I was a little disappointed that I wasn't feeling "Roma" as much as I wanted to and as much as rapturous reviews led me to believe I would. I was engaged by it, but I didn't feel heavily involved emotionally. But then pretty far into the movie something happens to Cleo, and in that moment I realized how invested I was in how things turned out for her. "Roma" sneaks up on you in that way.

Grade: A


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