Roma (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.

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The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón's first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013, ROMA will be available in theaters and on Netflix later this year.

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Stunning in black and white, the film contemplates the ways in which Cleo's bond with her employers can seem almost familial and the ways in which it emphatically isn't. She is both never alone and always alone.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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I was hypnotized and drawn in by the skill and heart of everyone involved.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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[Roma is] a majestic feat of filmmaking, an intimate portrait of a family that also serves as a broad portrait of a changing nation. Cuaron creates such a vibrant world that it demands to be seen on the biggest canvas possible.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

When looking to the past of history books or our own memories, individuals can recede into the fabric. Roma refocuses our attention...

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A loving tribute to the dominant figure of his childhood, a domestic servant, and one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen (high-altitude language, but it's true).

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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