Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, a personal project which he has been talking about since past decade is a moving film. With his signature visual motifs and long takes, Roma moves with its masterful stroke emerging from a semi-personal space.
Roma chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. It briefly follows a young domestric worker Cleo from Mixteco heritage descent. Roma is a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil. Alfonso Cuarón explores the space (like Gravity) as a canvas, where he mounts an emphatic landscape of striving humans.
Alfonso, who has also shot the film captivates mundane dynamics amidst a tinge of political climate. Even the arresting Sound Design (Sergio Diaz) presents a realistic climate with calmness and chaos, surrounding ensemble. Alfonso Cuarón sums up a simple plot into a heartwrenching cinematic affair with long takes suggestive of extenuating a point to symmetry of frames. Black-and-White acts as an emphatic motif for Cleo, it’s a majestic portrayal in the age of color.
Women constantly face personal conflicts juxtaposed with a confrontation between government – backed militia and student demonstrators. While water acts an important visual motif, it gives birth to cinematic orchestra about existence and demise. Roma releases on Netflix, but it’s a visual treat and demands a theatrical savoury.
Fiction | Time: 135 Mins
Section: World Cinema | Country: Mexico
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