Roma

Roma ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

I can understand why some people might walk away feeling cold after viewing Roma. The perspective employed by Cuaron is omnipotent. Even when the action on screen is intimate or intense, the viewer is observing from a distance. It is as if God decided to drop-in on the domestic servant protagonist Cleo (and the family for which she cares) for a little bit and just see how things are going.

It's not until Cleo reveals her post-partum guilt that we delve particularly deep into Cleo's inner thoughts or motives. This gives the scene in question its power and proves the film's point: It takes a great deal to know another person, especially a person society and employers have relegated to isolation.

It's the breaking, thawing of the coldness that penetrates the previous two hours that makes Roma so powerful.