Roma – Review

Genre Drama
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
Released on 30 August 2018 (Venice), 21 November 2018 (United States)
Duration 135 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 9/10
Channel Netflix

Netflix has a lot of films. Films that are originals. Films that were first made for theaters, then years later came to Netflix. It has a lot of classics and some of the most loved shows globally of all time on it. But Roma still stands apart, very clearly.

When you watch a Netflix film you can see it was made for quick streaming, Roma is so clearly a cut above the rest that it almost feels like it doesn’t belong there. I don’t know why such an incredible piece of art wasn’t released on a larger scale but that’s honestly none of my business. Besides, making it directly available on Netflix hopefully means that it will be more accessible to a larger audience. That’s what I hope for because honestly everyone needs to see this.

Roma to put it very blandly is about a domestic worker working to the bone to raise a family – that’s not hers. The film is set in 1970s Mexico City. She sacrifices her days and nights, giving her all to bring up a family that isn’t even hers. If that’s not true self-sacrifice I don’t know what is.

If you happen to watch it on a phone please switch off your alerts and notifications while doing so because yes, the film is slow. It requires patience. But its not all for knot. It is truly rewarding.

I feel like the film was extra slow just to show how slowly time trickles away for the main character. Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), works for an upper-middle-class family. The father of the family is almost mostly away on work for some ‘conference’. But that’s really just a cover up, he plans on leaving his wife, Sofia. This puts pressure on the family but also Cleo as they become more and more dependent on her. They are there for her when she needs them desperately. There are scenes where it almost feels like she’s part of the family. Its warm embraces and soft emotion, but then the camera pans back and the moment is over and its clear she’s not part of said family. She works for them – no matter how close, she will always be kept at arm’s length.

To a backdrop of protestants marching in Mexico City, earthquakes and fires Roma tells a beautiful tale. Honestly this is a must watch for everyone.The film is in black and white – there are no colors but it is still story telling at its finest.

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