Roma

Roma ★★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

The beginning is slow, but then you realize necessary to really ground your attention in the world of the story. I was blown away by this one.

Much of my experience around this film was reflecting upon how incapable we are of truly grasping the depth of one another's experiences. How we are all just seeing bits and pieces of one another, and are all more focused on our own lives to give ourselves completely to one another when we need it. There's also something about the impossibility of being able to experience all of the billions of stories happening around you. That while you are having your life happen, there are all of these other factors happening all around you that influence your own story. It's the saddest and most beautiful part of being alive.

I love how Cuoron took the ability to make another big movie post Gravity, and used massive set pieces to then tell a very small and intimate story. Feels like such an incredible risk that I appreciated. The riot, the cannon moment, the whole martial arts thing... The tone was also completely unique. We never drifted into sentimentality, or 100% farce... The movie's perspective remained relatively detached in a way that felt as close as you can get to both feeling someone else's life, and also never being able to totally understand it.

The recurring airplane throughout the movie made me think about how we are all doing this with one another's lives... All kind of flying over, never making immediate contact.

The scene where she gives birth to a stillborn made me consider how there are so many perfunctory milsetones throughout our lives, and how the requirements of society, such as having to move a patient along through a hospital, being forced to move at a pre-determined pace, both support and dimish our ability to be there for one another. If these systems weren't in place, she would never be able to get in to see a doctor and get help, and may die from childbirth, but at the same time, with these systems in place, she is faced with the cold mechanical nature of an ambivalent and rote system. We miss each other in some of our gravest moments and our desire to make life possible sometimes subverts our ability to even connect outside ourselves...

The dog shit covered verandah that was sometimes cleaned and sometimes not... Sometimes she would get scolded for cleaning it, and sometimes they would totally let it go... This made me reflect upon how we sometimes allow room for the people we care about to fuck up, and when we're feeling like we need more order in our lives, we don't. We create room for other's humanity, depending upon our own relationship to our own survival.

One of my favorite movies this year. See it when you want to go deep and are in the mood for something poetic. I don't think I would have been able to focus had I seen this at home on Netflix because it requires a high degree of patience, so see it in a theatre... Or watch it at home but no phones or talking allowed.

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