Roma

Roma

2018 film directed by Alfonso Cuarón
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Roma

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

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  • Espectáculos Fílmicos El Coyúl (Mexico)
  • Netflix (Worldwide)
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  • 30 August 2018 (Venice)
  • 21 November 2018 (Mexico and United States)
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Sra. Sofía: We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.
  • According to Alfonso Cuarón, the significance of opening the movie with an airplane flying across the sky, reflected in a puddle of water, was to use the planes as a symbol of a transient situation and stating that there's a universe that is broader than the life that these characters have.
  • In the credits at the end of the film, besides members of his family, director Alfonso Cuarón notably also thanks his fellow Mexican filmmakers, Gael García Bernal, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki.
  • Alfonso Cuarón's statement for the film: "There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals. Time and space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places. Roma is an attempt to capture the memory of events that I experienced almost fifty years ago. It is an exploration of Mexico's social hierarchy, where class and ethnicity have been perversely interwoven to this date and, above all, it's an intimate portrait of the women who raised me in a recognition of love as a mystery that transcends space, memory and time."
  • In the scene where Cleo is in a furniture store to shop for a crib and has an encounter with her former lover Fermín, his shirt has one of the famous 'Love is...' cartoons on it. Being a meaningful and emotional costume choice in reference to their relationship, it reads 'amor es... recordar tu primer beso' ('Love is... remembering your first kiss').
  • The closing credits of Roma ends with a mantra from Upanishads: "Shantih Shantih Shantih." It is a formal ending to an Upanishad. T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" also ends in Sanskrit: "Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata. / Shantih shantih shantih". Cleo M. Kearns, a modern literature scholar, analyzes the ending of the poem as such: "As mantra, shantih conveys ... the peace inherent in its inner sound....As a closing prayer, shantih makes of what comes before it a communal as well as a private utterance....And as the "formal ending of an Upanishad" it revises the whole poem from a statement of modern malaise into a sacred and prophetic discourse. "

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