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Roma (2018)

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movie & technical details

 CURRENT STATUS:

streaming on Netflix / in select theaters

 GENRES:

drama

 CONTENT RATING:

FilmR

 WRITER:

Alfonso Cuarón

 DIRECTOR:

Alfonso Cuarón

 🍿 TOTAL BINGE TIME:

2h 15min

 ASPECT RATIO:

2.35 : 1

 SOUND MIX:

Dolby Atmos

 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE:

Spanish / Mixteco (several alternate subtitle languages also available)

 CAMERA:

ARRI Rental ALEXA 65, Prime 65 Lenses

 PROCESS:

ARRIRAW (6.5K) (source format) / Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
Printed Format: 70 mm (theatrical release) / D-Cinema

business details

 PRODUCTION:

Esperanto Filmoj

 DISTRIBUTION:

Netflix

 RELEASE DATES:

21 Nov. 2018 (theatrical)
14 Dec. 2018 (streaming)

 PRODUCTION BUDGET:

$15M (USD)

worth noting

 AWARDS:

- 🏆 WON, Venice Film Festival (2018)
Golden Lion
Best Film

- 🏆 WINS, Another 36 wins & 50 nominations
including 3 Golden Globes (2019)

"Roma" synopsis

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The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-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 (2018) on IMDb

the binge brief & the 88-second (or less) 8FLiX review:

Roma is a Spanish language Netflix (epic) Film (clocking-in at a binge-worthy 135 minutes), written and directed by Mexican-born Alfonso Cuarón.

 

Roma is produced by Esperanto Filmoj, Cuarón's California-based production company.

 

Roma is currently streaming worldwide on Netflix, and is also playing theatrically (in 70mm!). If you see only one movie each year, make it this one...at home or at the cinema.

 

The film's title comes from the area where the story takes place. "Colonia Roma, also called La Roma, or simply Roma, is a district located in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City just west of the city's historic center." (Wikipedia)

 

Roma is rated "R", apparently because of "graphic nudity" and "disturbing images". This rating was bestowed upon the film by the ultra-conservative, ultra-backwards and anachronistic MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). By "graphic nudity", they mean a lone scene with a full-frontal view of a naked adult male while he practices martial arts (no joke). And, I won't describe the single scene of "disturbing images" because of spoilers. It's disturbing because of the context, not because of the image itself. We see worse on the nightly news. This movie should (and could) be shared with everyone, including young film aficionados, say 12-and-over (with an adult nearby to answer questions).

 

Roma is somewhat of an autobiography. Cuarón, as a young boy, is portrayed as the character named "Paco."

 

Roma is dedicated to Libo Rodriguez, a woman who had a profound impact on Cuarón's upbringing. In the film, she is portrayed as "Cleo", the main character of Roma.

 

Fun fact: "Paco" is played by Carlos Peralta, whose father is Mexican billionaire Juan Carlos Peralta, whose own father is Mexican billionaire Carlos Peralta Quintero, whose own daughter is Mexican model and actress Olivia Peralta, whose own niece is Loreto Peralta, the actress and model who played "Elle" in The Little Mermaid (2018), which is also on Netflix! (ok, so in other words, Carlos Peralta, the one in Roma, is Loreto's brother)

 

Roma has 308 edits, from opening credits to final credits. 28 of those edits happen during a fastidious 90-second scene showing dad attempting to park a car that's nearly as wide as the car-park itself (and later, mum tries to do the same, but with a lot less precision...and less edits).

 

Fun fact: Avengers: Infinity War has 2,950 edits, and is only 15 minutes longer than Roma.

 

Much of the story of Roma is told through lengthy wide-shots and smooth, sweeping pans; some lasting several intense and intoxifying minutes. Alfonso Cuarón is the brilliance behind the camera (he wears many hats). Dialogue is not needed for these magical scenes.

 

Roma is probably not for everyone. It will be appreciated most by those who are fans of arthouse-type films. IMAO, some of the best movies ever made are indie films made for a niche market. Roma, without a doubt, ranks among the best and will remain near the top for decades. If you've never watched a non-english movie before, make Roma your first.

 

There is nothing about Roma that I dislike. I've screened it twice already...on the same day. I've never wantonly done that for any movie. The performances don't seem like performances at all. Instead, it's akin to witnessing a year in the life of this family by-way of hidden cameras, except the hidden cameras are professional grade and manned by the director, Alfonso Cuarón.

 

Gotta go. It's about time I watch it again.

 

Happy bingeing! 🍿 - Nick Runyeard

 

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Roma stars Yalitza Aparicio; Marina de Tavira; Diego Cortina Autrey; Carlos Peralta; Marco Graf; Daniela Demesa; Nancy García García; Verónica García; Andy Cortés; Fernando Grediaga; Jorge Antonio Guerrero; José Manuel Guerrero Mendoza; Latin Lover; Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano; José Luis López Gómez; Edwin Mendoza Ramírez; Clementina Guadarrama; Enoc Leaño; Nicolás Peréz Taylor Félix; Kjartan Halvorsen; Felix Gomez Amaya, and more!

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