Roma ★★★★½

Roma is a staggering achievement in narrating the most intimate and personal story. The film feels like reading the most vivid and eloquently written chapters from a personal diary of an exuberant child. Brought up by a devoted woman (first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio) who is nanny and housekeeper, it’s a Cuaron’s love letter to all the nannies out there, who bring up the kids as their own. Cleo is a young, introvert maid who takes care of Sofia's household. It’s tragic to find her lonely when the entire family is around her and depends on her for every small thing.

Roma is a heartfelt story of two women belonging to different social and financial strata, struggling to keep it together midst of their respective personal tragedies,emotional turmoil and political uprising. The most noticeable thing – which I am sure Cuaron did out of respect – was that the camera never intrudes in the personal lives of the characters. Shot in 65 mm and glorious black and white, Cuarón let the camera glide inside the house as if it’s a character, keenly observing the family dynamics and piecing together their quotidian lives. It’s lyrical and heart-breaking.

Roma is an official Mexico submission for Best Foreign Langauge Film at the 91st Academy Awards. Below is the list of seen films sent at Oscars.

Here is the list of the films submitted to The 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film which I have seen.

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