Roma

Demands to Be Seen on the Big Screen!

Director: 
Alfonso Cuarón
Year: 
2018
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
135 mins
Cast: 
Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
In Spanish with English Subtitles

In Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographically inspired film, set in Mexico City in the early ’70s, we are placed within the physical and emotional terrain of a middle-class family whose center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). The cast is uniformly magnificent, but the real star of ROMA is the world itself, fully present and vibrantly alive, from sudden life-changing events to the slightest shifts in mood and atmosphere. Cuarón tells us an epic story of everyday life while also gently sweeping us into a vast cinematic experience, in which time and space breathe and majestically unfold. Shot in breathtaking black and white and featuring a sound design that represents something new in the medium, ROMA is a truly visionary work. 

"Pairing thrilling technical prowess with profound artistic vision, Alfonso Cuarón has made a masterpiece, at once understated and otherworldly. We need more filmmakers like him." - Empire

"'Roma' is hypnotic and transporting and sublime, everything a movie seen on the big screen ought to be." - Slate

"If a thing of beauty is a joy forever, as John Keats famously said, then the surpassing loveliness and bracing brilliance of Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Roma' will never pass into nothingness." - Rolling Stone

"A majestic feat of filmmaking, an intimate portrait of a family that also serves as a broad portrait of a changing nation." - The Globe and Mail

"There’s no other way to say it than to say it: Roma is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and one of the most moving. If Norma Desmond had been able to see it she wouldn’t have worried about the pictures getting small." - Wall Street Journal 

"Cuarón uses one household on one street to open up a world, working on a panoramic scale often reserved for war stories, but with the sensibility of a personal diarist. It’s an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece." - The New York Times

"Cuaron has made his most personal film to date, and the blend of the humane and the artistic within nearly every scene is breathtaking. It’s a masterful achievement in filmmaking as an empathy machine, a way for us to spend time in a place, in an era, and with characters we never would otherwise." - RogerEbert.com

"A richly textured masterpiece, 'Roma' is cinema at its purest and most human." - Time Out

"This period epic...is 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." - Vanity Fair