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Roma

Set in the early 70s and based largely on experiences from his childhood, this eighth feature by Alfonso Cuarón follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, whose silent expressiveness recalls that of Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc), a live-in housemaid for an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City, while she contends with an unexpected pregnancy amidst domestic and political turmoil. As in some of his earlier films (Y Tu Mamá También, A Little Princess, Children of Men), Cuarón explores the dynamic between the affluent and the underprivileged, though the result is ambiguous here. There’s no denying, however, that Cuarón is a master of his craft; also serving as the film’s co-editor and cinematographer (this was shot in widescreen and exquisite black-and-white—it’s a remarkable technical achievement, the year’s best), he develops form and plot harmoniously. In Cuarón’s films, cinema conjures up its own world, and this one provides the chance to explore it with him more intimately than ever before. In Spanish and Mixtec with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Alfonso Cuarón

Cast:

  • Yalitza Aparicio
  • Nancy García García
  • Marina de Tavira
  • Diego Cortina Autrey
  • Carlos Peralta
  • Marco Graf
  • Daniela Demesa
  • Veronica Garcia
  • Andy Cortes
  • Fernando Grediaga
  • Jorge Antonio Guerrero
  • José Manuel Guerrero Mendoza
  • Latin Lover
  • Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano
  • Jose Luis Lopez Gomez
  • Edwin Mendoza Ramirez
  • Clementina Guadarrama
  • Enoc Leaño
  • Nicolas Perez Taylor Felix
  • Kjartan Halvorsen
  • Félix Gómez

Writer:

  • Alfonso Cuarón

Producers:

  • Alfonso Cuarón
  • Alice Scandellari Burr
  • Araceli Martinez Esqueda
  • Carlos A. Morales
  • David Linde
  • Gabriela Rodriguez
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Jonathan King
  • Nicolás Celis
  • Sandino Saravia Vinay

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