Mexico’s submission to the 2019 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film is the latest from celebrated auteur Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También; Children of Men; Gravity); it’s also his most personal work to date by far.
Indeed, Cuarón not only wrote and directed but shot and co-edited this black-and-white—yet profoundly colorful—family saga in 1970s Mexico City. Based loosely on his own childhood, Roma centers around a household in which the passage of time unfolds as a series of comedies and tragedies of varying degree: some daily and small, others large-scale and life-changing. That their objective impact depends on whom they’re happening to—the children, the maids, the community at a time of political unrest—only underscores their subjective impact for the audience, as Cuarón increasingly trains our eyes on a heroic slice of working-class life against the backdrop of society at large.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Producer: Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez | Editor: Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough | Cinematographer: Alfonso Cuarón | Screenwriter: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Diego Di Cort