Roma ★★★★★

Beyond the cinematography, Roma's storytelling truly solidifies this films place in so many people's hearts and memories.

Beyond that visceral scene at the beach at the end, heartbreaking yet heartwarming, the recurring motifs, such as the evolution at which the car is driven, and ultimately, the martial arts lesson, truly make this film unique in its power.

The fact she could stand perfectly on her own, yet she nor anyone else could see it, was so illuminating of the possibility within her, and within us all - a possiblity that exists despite the brutal and unforgiving physicality of existence. It illustrated the very element that makes humanity and life so beautiful. Moreover, the way this film beautifully depicts female struggle to portray and celebrate the universal human struggle in general is done incredibly masterfully. It develops Roma's preoccupation with the intersection between the raw physical and the human - in the beach scene, and the following admitting of Cleo, as well as that martial arts image on its own - illuminating Roma's masterful quality.

Ultimately, this film is such a perfervid - heartfelt, genuine, heartbreaking yet inspiring - testament to the unknowablity, possibly, truth and beauty within every human being and mankind in this universe. This is a miracle, a masterpiece.

To create such a work reveals an understanding of humanity's and the creator's own inner subconscious truth to so total and self realised, only Amarcord and maybe Cleo (maybe there's a connection there) from 5 to 7 can be compared to Roma in their unique, necessary power.

If this is not the most essential power of cinema - an empathetic connection to the inspiration, humanity and beauty within all of us, and a direct plunge into the extatic, visceral truth and meaning of existence that lies out there for everyone, affirming the unlimited beauty in and meaning of life, I don't know what is.

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