Roma ★★★★★

When I was older, I used to be a sailor
But I drowned in a storm
The waves were huge
It was dark
And there was lightening, and I didn't know how to swim.

Alfonso Cuaron details an autobiographical story circa 1971 Mexico City centered around a middle-class family with the house-help Cleo as protagonist. The opening shot steadies you into the film and prepares you for the film's standard pace, but the narrative and camerawork ensures that every single detail is of meaning. ROMA is authentic and raw in portrayal, all the sociopolitical issues float around in spirit rooted into the everyday experience of life never shouting at the audience to take note, yet clear and delicate enough not to be missed. Yalitza Aparicio is the standout performer, of course, and Cuaron reminds us just once again why there might not be a better duo than life and cinema.

The airplane flies overtop, the camera comes to a stop, yet life continues.

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