Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” is now on Netflix and movie critics and fans cannot get enough of the director’s newest cinematic feat. The film was shown in select theaters around the world and has been receiving resounding praise. It is being predicted that this film will single-handedly dominate the awards show season and it is clear to see why.
“Roma” took home two Golden Globes last night, including for Best Foreign Film.
The film tells the story of Cleo, a maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City. The black-and-white Spanish-language movie with English subtitles is a pure masterpiece. Not just because it was directed by Cuarón, who’s previous films includes “Gravity,” “Children of Men,” and “Y Tu Mamá También,” but because of how it tells such an intimate story.
“Roma” is more poignant because of the central character, an indigenous woman, who struggles like most of us to make money, but more importantly is also with trying to find who she is outside of caring for this family.
The role of Cleo is largely based on Cuarón’s own maid who practically raised him.
Cuarón told Variety about his reasoning for wanting to make this film and make Cleo the main character.
“I think I wanted to understand, to put the pieces together,” he said. But also added that he realizes there’s a complex dynamic of a brown woman taking care of a white Mexican family. He wanted to capture that nuance behind an almost childlike lens, which is why he shot this movie in black and white digital.
“It was probably my own guilt about social dynamics, class dynamics, racial dynamics,” he told Variety. “I was a white, middle-class, Mexican kid living in this bubble. I didn’t have an awareness. I [had] what your parents tell you — that you have to be nice to people who are less privileged than you and all of that — but you’re in your childhood universe.”
The film first premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Golden Lion Award.
This award is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival, so right off the bat, it came out swinging.
Since its premiere, “Roma” has already won a slew of awards.
Here’s just some…
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
BIFA Award for Best Foreign Independent Film
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer
L.A. Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Roma’ Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography
Also, Best Film in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and at the Philadelphia Film Critics Awards.
All roads clearly lead to the Oscars, right?
According to the award prediction site Gold Derby, “Roma,” as of now, is not predicted to win Best Picture. Right now it looks as if “A Star Is Born” will win Best Picture, but “Roma” is right behind it.