Alfonso Cuarón is undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation, and “Roma” is his latest masterpiece that is destined to become a classic. While it may not be a crowd-pleaser, it is an extraordinary and original film. For the first time, I find myself hoping that Cuarón will stay far away from mainstream Hollywood projects like “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” or “Great Expectations,” and instead continue to present us with his unique visions.
It’s ironic that while Trump has been critical of Mexico, Hollywood’s Oscars landscape has been shaped by talents like Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emmanuel Lubezki, and films like “Coco.” Yet, the political angle is the least interesting aspect of “Roma,” which serves more as a personal narrative, elevating nostalgic recollections into timeless reflections on life’s complexities.
Centered around two maids, a mother, and a grandmother who are caring for four children in a 1970s villa, the film could be seen as a commentary on the plight of women. However, it doesn’t explicitly adopt a feminist perspective. Instead, it portrays these women’s struggles against adversity in an understated manner, which makes their story even more compelling.
The film goes to great lengths to portray everyday life as authentically as possible, capturing the mundane routine of the maid Cleo. Cuarón, who served as both the cinematographer and editor, employs a formalistic approach that might initially feel disengaging to viewers due to its focus on deep-space composition. But over time, the film’s precise visual system reveals its depth, resonating with genuine emotions and existential questions.
“Roma” is a remarkably vivid and poignant drama that delves into themes of motherhood, family, and love. It also explores existential questions, offering an unpretentious sense of hope. While the film may not resonate with younger viewers who haven’t yet faced similar life challenges, it stands as a powerful recollection of Cuarón’s youth and the pivotal women in his life.
In essence, films like “Roma” make life more bearable and meaningful. Whether or not one agrees with the film’s underlying sense of optimism, there’s no denying its impact.
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