ROMA (2018): The Things I Liked…

Roma (2018), Yalitza Aparicio

Acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, a drama about a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s is not a bad film. In fact, Roma is good in a similar way to how Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014) is good. Roma captures life with undeniable realism. Realism that often means there’ll be moments when you may want the pace to pick up – and for more things to happen. Luckily, more things do happen, eventually. They just don’t happen so much in the first half of the film.

In terms of what stood out most for me in the story, that would be the theme of sisterhood among women. Especially the way they come together during the most challenging times and often when it may not be expected.

There’s also the cinematography. I definitely can’t deny that I found myself missing colour at certain points in Cuarón’s black and white movie. Still, I really did enjoy the beautifully lit visuals. Images that made many scenes look very much like well captured, engaging black and white photographs. Photographs you may find yourself staring at for a while.

The main star of Cuarón’s movie, Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio delivers a perfectly measured performance as the young maid / nanny Cleo. It’s her character’s sometimes challenging experiences that leads us through the events in the movie from the start to the very end.

Watch Roma if you’re so curious. Just make sure you’re fully rested beforehand because some moments are slow, regardless of how visually arresting the cinematography may be.

Roma also stars Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, Jorge Antonio Guerrero…

Happy Film Loving


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