Roma ★★★★½

“It sounds like this. And smells the same.”

One of the most human films of the year, Roma is quietly cathartic and deafeningly quiet. It transcribes the pain and perseverance of every day blue collar with striking realism and restraint, giving us one of the most unimposing yet powerful films of the year. Of course this is a great feat of audio and visual film quality, but the soul bearing nature of it all is what makes this one of the year’s best for me. Cleo’s story, which ambles through seemingly inconsequential days of her life, slowly builds a larger picture of the beauty in the struggle and the people who are struggling. This holds an adoration for those people that bleeds through every gorgeous frame. A truly spectacular effort from Cuarón, in what will surely go down as one of his career highlights.

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