Review: This is a Mexican drama which follows a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in the early 1970’s, Mexico City.
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Actors: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy Garcia Garcia, Veronica Garcia, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero and Latin Lover
This is Alfonso Cuaron’s first project since the amazing Gravity, 2013. Roma is based on the director’s own childhood memories. This film is dedicated to ‘Libo’, who is the family servant on which the central character is based. Also, the director took 70% of the furniture from his original home and from different family members spread all around Mexico. There is a hospital scene which was only shot once, plus all the nurses and doctors were real, not actors. This was to make it feel more authentic. This is one incredible film on many levels. Cuaron’s work on directing has been compared to Fellini’s. This film is a visual masterpiece. The main theme that this explores is the theme of loneliness. At the Academy Awards in 2019 this won 3 Oscars. They were for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Mexico), Best Achievement in Directing and also Best Achievement in Cinematography. At the Golden Globes in 2019 this won for Best Director – Motion Picture (Alfonso Cuaron) and also Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. At the Bafta Awards in 2019 this won 3 awards. They were for Best Film, Best Film Not in the English Language and also Best Cinematography (Alfonso Cuaron). Alfonso Cuaron also won the David Lean Award for Direction.