Roma

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Semi-autobiographical drama from Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón chronicling a year in the life of a middle-class family in '70s Mexico City. Best Film winner at Venice Film Festival 2018.

A portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, Roma follows young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García García) who work for a family in the neighbourhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing political upheaval.

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Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film and the SIGNIS Award (Cuarón), 2018 Venice Film Festival

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Drama

135mins

Rating: M Violence, nudity, offensive language & content that may disturb

Spanish and English with English subtitles

Mexico, USA

Telegraph (UK)

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Every individual scene feels filled with the lucid detail of a formative recollection or a recurring dream.

Guardian (UK)

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In its engagingly episodic way, it is also at times like a soap opera or telenovela. And at other times it feels resoundingly like an epic.

Hollywood Reporter

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It’s absolutely fresh, confident, surprising and rapturously beautiful. Read full review

Variety (USA)

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Roma is no mere movie — it’s a vision, a memory play that unfolds with a gritty and virtuosic time-machine austerity.

TimeOut (New York)

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A richly textured masterpiece, Roma is cinema at its purest and most human.

Vanity Fair

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So full of dazzlingly intricate visual poetry, so teeming with sensory spirit, that trying to review it is a bit like trying to review all of life. Which may sound a bit grandiose, but Cuarón's magnum opus provokes such turgid sentiment.

The Times (UK)

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Too often Roma feels dramatically insipid (the family is actually profoundly boring) and unsure of what it's trying to say about Cleo's life and her status - if it's saying anything at all.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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The term "masterpiece" gets chucked around far too loosely, and I mostly try to avoid it. But once in a lucky blue moon, there really are no other words to do a film justice.