Lise’s review published on Letterboxd:
You know, I never really did much like Roma.
I gave it 4 stars after seeing it at TIFF, mostly for craft, mostly for being completely unsentimental, and for what I assume is a spot on accurate look at the neighbourhood in 1971. It is well made.
But I didn't really like it much.
I commented about how I had to see it again, and I did want to see if I missed something the first time around, but I never really got excited about seeing it again. It felt like a chore.
I want to like it. Seems like the right thing to do.
I'm guessing here, but I think the film doesn't excite me because it gives everything away. It is too detailed. The film doesn't leave me thinking, or wondering or questioning anything. It doesn't make me want to close my eyes and relive a scene or two. It doesn't make me smile in a knowing way when I think back to a character's action or intent. It doesn't invite my complicity in any plot elements. More important, It doesn't make me want to linger when it is over.
I think Roma is cold.
It is past. Done with. A description of a moment in history told with the archivist's attention to detail and accuracy, without passion or whimsy or poetry.
A photograph rather than a painting.