Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Marco Graf
(7-Very Good Film)
Intimate. Accomplished. Elegant.
I’m not sure I’ve seen Mexico like this, the way it’s shown in Oscar winning director, Alfonso Cuarón’s, newest film. Roma portrays the life of a young maid, Cleo, who works for a well-to-do family in the upper class, Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City during the early ’70s. We see conflict at three separate levels: Cleo gets pregnant by a true bastard, who discards her and joins a paramilitary group, her employers’ marriage is strained, and eventually the husband leaves, and then, finally, the city itself endures a torrent of political violence. As dramatic as this all sounds, Roma is often a very quiet, languid piece, with stunning camerawork and a beautiful aesthetic. There’s also a strong sense of love and family present even at its saddest moments.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-