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Have you ever wondered why some critics review films? They don't even seem to like movies that much from what they write. I LOVE movies, and think about them long after the last credits roll across the screen. My reviews are meant to inform, entertain and never have a spoiler.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019


Roma, by Alfonso Cuarón, has netted 10 Academy Award nominations, all very well deserved. A stunning film in black and white cinematography, it is one incredible look over a year in the life of a middle class family in Mexico City in the early 1970’s. The film is rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images and language.

The Academy Award nominations include Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress Marina de Tavira, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) is a dedicated nanny/maid, and serves the family she works for in any way she can. The family’s father is a physician who is not often at home, and his four children and wife Sofia (Marina de Tavira) are mostly left to fend for themselves with the assistance of their “servants.” I found Cleo to be a self-aware young woman with strengths perhaps she didn’t even know she had at the beginning of the year in Roma.

I recall watching two other of Cuarón’s films, Y Tu Mamá También, and Gravity (for which he won Best Director). Very different films, and both wonderfully innovative. In Roma, I found myself wondering about his choices. There is nothing in a screenplay that is unintentional, and there are surprising situations and relationships that the film depicts. Not once did I feel anything was less than the truth about a fictional family. What women endure.

Have you watched Roma? It is easy to see as it is on streaming Netflix. How did you feel after watching it?


  1. I have heard mixed critiques about this film just from fellow bloggers and, your blog is the first one to give it so much raves. OK, dumb sentence but you know what I mean. Many mentioned that they found it boring but that could be their youth as they loved Dunkirk which I didn't. I do want to see this film and am looking forward to seeing it once it comes out on DVD

    1. I think some movie viewers are not patient enough to allow a story to unfold. But that's a subject for another post, possibly for after awards season! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Hi Sue - I haven't seen it ... and am not sure if it's been in Eastbourne ... I'm sure I'll get to watch - as I'm interested to see it - thanks for the review ... cheers Hilary

    1. I haven't seen it advertised in theaters. Just on Netflix. Thanks for reading and commenting!