Roma (2018 film)

Roma
Roma theatrical poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfonso Cuarón
Produced by
  • Alfonso Cuarón
  • Gabriela Rodríguez
  • Nicolas Celis
Written byAlfonso Cuarón
Starring
Cinematography
  • Alfonso Cuarón
Edited by
  • Alfonso Cuarón
  • Adam Gough
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • 30 August 2018 (2018-08-30) (Venice)
  • 21 November 2018 (2018-11-21) (United States)
Running time
135 minutes[7]
Country
  • Mexico
  • United States
Language
Budget$15 million[8]
Box office$3.9 million[9][10]

Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, shot, and co-edited it. Set in 1970 and 1971, Roma, which is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family.[11][12] The title refers to the Colonia Roma district of Mexico City.[13]

The film had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on 30 August 2018, where it won the Golden Lion. It began a limited theatrical run in the United States on 21 November 2018, before streaming on Netflix in the US and other territories starting on 14 December 2018.[14][15] The film received universal acclaim, with particular praise given to Cuarón's screenplay, direction and cinematography, as well as Aparicio's and de Tavira's performances.

Roma has received a number of accolades, among them 10 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards—including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira). It is tied with The Favourite (2018) as the most-nominated film, and with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) for the most Oscar nominations ever received by a film not in the English language. It also won Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Best Director and Best Picture at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards, and at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards won Best Film, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Direction and Best Cinematography.

Plot

Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez is an indigenous live-in maid in a middle-class household in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. The family's matriarch, Sofía, her husband, Antonio, grandmother Teresa, their four young children, and another maid, Adela, also live in the house. Antonio, a doctor, leaves for a conference in Quebec. It becomes clear that Sofía and Antonio's marriage is strained. After returning briefly, Antonio leaves again, saying he is going to Quebec for a few weeks.

Cleo and Adela go out to the cinema with their boyfriends, Fermín and Ramón. However, Cleo and Fermín decide to rent a room instead. Fermín shows off his martial-arts skill using the shower curtain rod as a pole. Later, at the cinema, Cleo tells Fermín that she thinks she is pregnant. As the film—La Grande Vadrouilleis about to end, Fermín says he needs to use the bathroom and will be back, but then does not return and is nowhere to be found. Cleo reveals the same concern to Sofía, who takes her to get checked at the hospital where Antonio works. A doctor there confirms her pregnancy.

Sofía takes Cleo, Adela, and her children to a family friend's hacienda for New Year's. Both the landowners and the workers mention recent tensions over land in the area. During the celebrations, a fire erupts in the forest. Everyone helps extinguish it while a man counts down the remaining seconds of 1970 before singing a Norwegian lullaby.[16]

Kinder Condesa at 105 Tlaxcala street, Colonia Roma

Back in the city, Cleo accompanies the children and their grandmother to a cinema to watch Marooned. They see Antonio rush out with a young woman—a fact Sofía tries to conceal from the children, but which her second son later learns of by eavesdropping. She asks him to not tell his siblings. Through Adela's boyfriend, Cleo finds Fermín at an outdoor martial-arts class. During the class, of all those watching, only Cleo is able to balance with eyes closed in imitation of a blindfolded instructor who is performing a pose much like a vriksasana. Her boyfriend refuses to acknowledge that the baby is his, and threatens to beat her and their child if they try to find him again.

Ribera de San Cosme avenue and Lauro Aguirre street, where the Corpus Christi massacre occurred. The building that was the furniture store and school in the film is now a gym.

With the baby almost due, Teresa takes Cleo shopping for a crib. On the way, they see students gathering to protest in the streets; these turn deadly because of police clubbings, while bands of roving youths—implied to be the paramilitary group Los Halcones (The Hawks)—randomly shoot at protesters. When a wounded man and a woman run into the store trying to hide, several youths find the man and shoot him dead. Another gunman, who points a gun at Cleo, turns out to be Fermín; he glares at her momentarily before running off.

Cleo's water breaks. Cleo, Teresa, and their driver try to get to the hospital but are stuck in traffic amid the violent protests. Antonio comes by to reassure Cleo, who is now in the delivery room, but makes an excuse to avoid staying. Hearing no heartbeat in Cleo's womb, the doctors take her into surgery, where they deliver a stillborn girl. Multiple attempts to resuscitate the baby fail.

After a drunken attempt to park the car in the family's narrow garage, Sofía buys a narrower car, but plans a final trip in the old car for a family holiday to the beaches at Tuxpan. She takes Cleo as well, to help her cope with her loss. Sofía tells the children that she and their father are separated, and that the holiday was so their father can collect his belongings from their home. At the beach, the two middle children are almost carried off by a strong current. Cleo wades in to save them, even though she doesn't know how to swim. As Sofía and the children affirm their love for Cleo for such selfless devotion, she breaks down and reveals that she had not wanted her baby to be born. They return home to Roma to find the house reorganised. Cleo prepares a load of washing, telling Adela they have much to talk about. Cleo climbs ladders to the rooftop with the clothes to wash.

Other Languages
العربية: روما (فيلم)
беларуская: Рым (фільм, 2018)
čeština: Roma (film)
Deutsch: Roma (2018)
Ελληνικά: Roma (ταινία)
Bahasa Indonesia: Roma (film 2018)
עברית: רומא (סרט)
Nederlands: Roma (2018)
日本語: ROMA/ローマ
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Roma (film)
русский: Рома (фильм)
українська: Рома (фільм, 2018)
Tiếng Việt: Roma (phim 2018)