Making a black-and-white film in our day and age in the suburb of Mexico City in 1970, is not an easy sell. This is why this movie was made by Netflix that wanted to have more award winning content. Thankfully Netflix decided to give the film a limited cinema release which is very relevant because this is a typical film that needs to be seen on a big screen.
A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Alfonso Cuarón (“Y Tu Mamá También”, “Gravity“) does almost everything on this film: writing producing, directing and also is his own cinematographer. Which is very important to know because the image is gorgeous, the views are spectacular and the black-and-white is the perfect colors to get lost in this very touching drama. “Roma” starts a little slow but picks up the paste because Cuarón decides to always change the decor of the film. From the comfortable house in Mexico’s capital, to a beautiful farm on the countryside to the horrible slums of the big city and the lost beaches. But you never get lost and the drama is infused with dose of irony that keeps the drama light. The martial art scene in the slum is a joy to watch. It is surrealistic to see. “Roma” is a very human story combining a strong central character with a amazing spirit.
Yalitza Aparicio is the star of the film a great character that is the real heart of the film. Marina de Tavira is excellent as her boss. The children actors are perfectly directed which is not an easy task.