in about 100 words or less
Mexico/US 135m, B&W
Director: Alfonso Cuarón; Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira as Sofía, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Nancy García, Verónica García
Roma is a slowly paced semi-autobiographical film about a year in the life of an upper-middle class family living in Mexico City during the early 1970s. The story is told largely from the perspective of Cleo, a young woman who serves the family as both housekeeper and live-in nanny. The film’s stark realism is at times shocking, as are the intertwined personal affairs, which are laid bare in this deeply personal story. Set within a city which seems in constant chaos, Roma is an unsettling viewing experience of a place and time that seems as surreal as it is real (Klaus Ming January 2019).