The Best Picture of the year
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.
Mother of four, Sofia, copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators.
Filmed in luminous black and white, ROMA is an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife.
10 Academy Award Norminations incl Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparico), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Original Screenplay & Cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Best Film Venice Film Festival Golden Lion
Winner: 2 Golden Globes incl Best Director Alfonso Cuaron
Winner Best Picture: - LA Film Critics Assoc; New York Film Critics Circle; New York Film Critics Assoc; Toronto Film Critics Assoc; Washington DC Film Critics Assoc; Philadelphia Film Critics Assoc; San Francisco Film Critics Assoc.
"Cuarón's film is quotidian and extraordinary at the same time. It is about change and how we adapt and grow. It is about love and sometimes the lack of it. It is a rapturous magnum opus, that is heartbreaking, devastating, and life affirming all at once." - Salon.com
"A personal masterpiece told on a massive scale." - Vanity Fair
"One of the best movies I 've ever seen." - Wall Street Journal
"Roma is cinema at its purest and most human." Time Out NY
"Gorgeously compassionate." Entertainment
"It's an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece." - New York Times