Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, whose standout credits include Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and Gravity, returns with a great-looking black and white Netflix film.
Roma finds Cuarón drawing on his childhood, delivering a love letter to the women in his life who had a hand in raising him. The film chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
No real surprise: It looks fantastic. This is Cuarón’s baby; not only has he directed, he is credited as sole writer on the screenplay, is on board as cinematographer (the black and white photography looks stunning), co-edited the film, and is also one of the producers. We can’t wait to see what’s in store here.
Roma will be getting a limited theatrical release in the US, which would make it eligible for Oscar nominations, before hitting Netflix on December 14. Mark the date.
Official synopsis for Roma:
A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, ROMA follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), 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.