Simon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Since I did not feel like watching Roma when it came out, I lost motivation to watch it. I watched a snippet of it and my reaction was not positive, I thought it looked like it "tried too hard" or whatever. With the Academy Award nominations coming out (I watched it before it was rewarded with 10 nominations), I had to watch it.
The first few minutes with the sweeped floor is a director's wet dream how to open a film. Not many directors are able to do such enthralling opening credits, but the most impressing thing is how he binds the credits and start of the film together.
The actors and actresses are out of this world. The kids are great, so is the mother but Yalitza Aparicio is terrific. A school teacher turned Oscar nominated actress. She doesn't have many lines, but her authenticity is perfect and her body language and face tells and makes the story.
As Alfonso Cuarón said, "Memory can be subject but it can also be objective. I was interested to observe those moments at a distance without a judging eye, not allowing the camera to interfere." Watching Roma I was sure Emmanuel Lubezki handled the cinematography. No. It was Cuarón himself.
Roma is the kind of film today's cinema and it's audience needs. Roma is the kind of film that keeps auteur-theory alive.