The most amazing Latino film from Netflix starts today, Dec 14th.
- Set in Mexico 1971 amid the political and social unrest which leads to El Halconazo, the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre.
Roma is the latest film from Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico’s best director), Oscar-winner of Gravity, Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Roma loosely focuses on Cleo, a maid in the home of a middle-class family bustling with children. As she goes about her life, we get glimpses of the turmoil within her employers’ marriage as well as outside the home. We overhear hints at the political and social unrest which leads to El Halconazo, the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre, in June 1971.
In his new film, Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico’s best film director) brings back to life the middle-class neighborhood where he grew up — the street vendors, the barking dogs, the occasional parade. It lends the film its title: Roma.
He also chronicles the daily rituals of the woman who cleaned house and helped care for him and his three siblings. Roma focuses on Cleo, a character based on Cuarón’s real-life nanny and housekeeper: Liboria Rodríguez, known as “Libo.”
Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
It’s one of his most personal films, a meditation on family set against the hazy backdrop of a turbulent time in Mexico’s history. It’s also hugely cinematic, a 65mm monochrome masterpiece of heartrending human emotion and commanding visual prowess.
Coming today in Select Theaters and on Netflix!
Mexico’s best film director reflects:
The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City.
Cuarón is now 57. He won two Oscars for Gravity, in both directing and editing.
His newest film, however, is more personal: a meticulously constructed, black-and-white, 1970s period piece set in Mexico City, and acted in Spanish. It’s a tribute to his childhood and the woman who helped raise him.
Cuarón says it took time for him to recognize the economic class and racial differences that permeate Mexican society. He says he came to realize he grew up with what he calls a “perverse relationship of convenience” — Libo was part of the family, but also the hired help.
Cleo is the biggest news of the film!