Roma (2018)

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A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.


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7 December 2018 | philipposx-12290
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| I was NOT mentally and emotionally prepared for this!
I can't believe the pure emotion Alfonso Cuarons "Roma" got out of me. On a technical level, this movie is as great as a movie can get. In terms of cinematography, directing, editing, sound & art design, setting, color grading and especially performances this is beyond perfection. Cuaron uses extremely long takes to evoke certain emotions and put you into 1970 Mexico. Unlike everything else the characters feel so real, so down to earth and so drowned by the world.

And yet Cuaron manages to put some magic into his movie and the brutality of his realism. I will not spoil, but only say forest fires. There are two more absolutely stunning, breathtaking and completely destructive scenes in the movie the had me emotionally out of my seat. The performance by the movies main star is worth the Oscar, if anything.

This is cruel cinema. Cinema at its best, but cinema that isn't easy to swallow. Objectively this is easily in the top 5 films of 2018 and it is something that you really have to watch on the big screen to appreciate all of Cuarons love for detail and symbolism.

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Trivia

Alfonso Cuarón initially was going to make a "Darwinian Adam and Eve" story, which was a family drama set either 50,000 or 100,000 years ago, before Roma. However, when Thierry Frémaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, heard the pitch and told him to make something more personal along the lines of Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Cuarón veered away.


Quotes

Cleo: I didn't want her.
Sra. Sofía: What?
Cleo: I didn't want her.
Sra. Sofía: They're ok.
Cleo: I didn't want her to be born.
Sra. Sofía: We love you so much, Cleo. Right?
Cleo: Poor little thing.


Goofs

In the beginning of the film when the family is having dinner. The dinner plates they are using are of the "Flor de Otoño" pattern manufactured by Santa Anita, they started operations in 1991.


Crazy Credits

The closing credits end with "Shantih Shantih Shantih," the conclusion to every mantra in the Upanishads, a collection of 108 Hindu scriptures. "Shantih" was referenced several times in Alfonso Cuarón's earlier film, Children of Men (2006).


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Toque de Silenco / Saluda a la Bandera
Performed by Alexis Vázquez Garnia, Joshua Daniel Moreno Parra, Daniel Enrique Lorea Morales, Rodrigo Morales, Ángel Gael Buendía, Favian Raúl Silva, Jorge Sánchez Guadalupe, Abraham Caballero García, Augustín Ruíz, Jorge Sebastian Rodríguez Martínez, Rene Ayala Uriostegui, Adán Gerardo Ordónez López, Abiel Jarden Martínez Ángeles, Diego Palma Pichardo, Ángel Tadeo Zúñiga Castro, César Fabián Urbano Alvarado, Edgar G. Benítez Santos, Ricardo Vázquez Plata, Carlos Adriel Bárcenas Vidal, Fer Morales, Alexis Eduardo González Vázquez, Alan de Jesús Reyes González
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