bela’s review published on Letterboxd:
"People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say: exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist—and thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."
Viola Davis, when accepting her Oscar in 2017, said that. One year later, Alfonso Cuarón brings Roma to exhume the bodies of everyone who lived, lives and will live on this Earth; with the majestic grasp of the hug of a loved one and the gentle touch of a caressing hand on your shoulder saying everything will be alright.
I can't say anything other than that. I'm in pain. There's a whole in my chest and I want to just sit with it. Acknowledge Cleo. Her resilience. Her strength. Her love. Acknowledge everyone who get to have their pain, loss, gratefulness and love told through her, from Mexico and all around the globe — because, as a movie from a long time ago once said, no matter where we are, life is pretty much always the same: sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet. Here's to all the amazing stories that are simple, about you, about me, and that fills our heart with passion and our souls with enough hope to live another day. Here's to Life.