Roma is a film that focuses on a year in the life a middle-class family in Mexico City. Our attention is on Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a housekeeper in the home Sr. Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) and Sra. Sophia (Marina de Tavira). They live with her mother Sra. Teresa (Verónica García) and their three children. Adela (Nancy García García) also works in the home. Cleo and Adela are friends. Their relationships with the family vacillate between “just the help” and members of the family. There is an interesting subplot that introduces us to the Los Halcones and the Corpus Christi massacre. The movie has highs and lows just like real life. But like real life many things are unresolved and the movie ends. The drowning scene is fairly dramatic, but I really like the scenes with Sra. Sophia and the car. Aparicio does a fine job as Cleo. Not sure if she is acting or just being herself. This is her first acting experience that she took on just to kill time until the tests for her teaching job came through. FYI this movie contains full frontal nudity.
This film has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. It won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. It also won Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Foreign Film. You can watch this film on NetFlix.
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Official Synopsis for Roma:
A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Roma 2018 TIFF Q & A
|Cast||Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Verónica García, Nancy García García|
|Production Companies||Participant Media, Esperanto Filmoj|
|Run Time||135 minutes|
|Premier||2018 Venice Film Festival|