DVD - 2020 | Spanish
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With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuaron recreated the early 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo, the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals.
Publisher: [New York, NY] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2020]
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition
Description: 2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + insert
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781681436579
Branch Call Number: DVD Roma SPA


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Jun 23, 2020

The only thing that might have been going for this trivial "growing-up" movie would be the cinematography, Supposedly, the lizard people at Netflix cropped the life out of it when transferring to a DVD format. I would say that seeing Roma on a big screen would be the only reason to want to see it again.

Jun 08, 2020

A mesmerizing social drama that follows the life of a domestic "help" in an upper middle class family in 1970/1971 La Roma neighborhood in Mexico City. No surprise that both the help and her mistress have their own set of problems with their men, the details of the period political upheavals, race and class inequalities are told without hardliner commentary, though there are some embellishments such as the prolific piles coming from a single medium sized dog, a political rally with a rocket man sideshow, and the martial arts stance (standing on one foot with fingers crossed overhead.)

Apr 28, 2020

I liked this movie more than I thought I would. You have to read subtitles throughout but it is well-done and very moving. I would watch this again.

Jan 20, 2020

Culled from his own childhood experiences growing up in middle class Mexico City circa 1970, Alfonso Cuarón has given us what may very well prove to be his career masterpiece. Presented in rich shades of black and white this quasi-impressionistic stream of memories finds its focus in Cleo (a knockout performance from Yalitza Aparicio), the indigenous maid tasked with looking after the home of Antonio, Sofia, and their four privileged children. Using wide screen panoramas, his camera slowly and methodically pans back and forth capturing his actors seemingly off guard going about their daily business and imbuing the slightest nuance with enormous import whether it be a succession of distant passenger jets bisecting the sky or piles of dog crap dotting an otherwise pristine courtyard. There is a controlled restlessness to "Roma" as it unfolds with the clarity of a waking daydream, a study in contrasts as Cuarón (guided by his wandering recollections) captures images of deadly riots and compares them to an overflowing delivery room—one scene of childbirth in particular deserving a place in cinematic history—or else pairing scenes of domestic tranquility with emotional torment. With every scene an art gallery photograph and a soundtrack enriched with background noise and pop radio, Cuarón’s opus is many things at once: an intimate diary; a paean to his own nanny (on whom Cleo is based); and above all a passionate love letter to cinema’s ability to transport and transform. Bravo, bravo, bravo!


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Jun 08, 2020

There's going to be changes. But we'll be together! And it's going to be an adventure! I'm starting a full-time job at a publishing house.
-But you're a biochemist.
I know, but your dad hasn't sent us any money. And teaching isn't enough. And I love books! And I never really liked biochemistry. It'll be another adventure. And we must stay together, really close.
What things?
- What he says are his things.
His clothes... his books... the bookcases...
He misses the bookshelves.
- Which bookshelves?
The ones that were there.
Why change them?
- It's better this way.
I liked the old way better.
Mom bought a new car!
- You like it?
How fast does it go?
-Why not a Maverick?
Too expensive. I wanted a smaller car. I've had it with that Galaxy.
- I like it, Mommy. What about the Galaxy?
I sold it. It goes next week.
- Does Dad know?
No, it's a surprise.

Jun 08, 2020

I owe my life to martial arts. I grew up with nothing. My mother died when I was a kid. I moved with my aunt to the slums. There my cousins beat me. And I met the wrong crowd. And I started drinking, and then huffing. I was dying. But then I discovered martial arts. And everything came into... focus. Just like when you look at me.
So that kid was throwing water balloons at cars that were driving by. Then an army jeep drove by, the kid throws a balloon at it, the soldier gets mad, he gets out, and shoots him.
-Oh God! Is he ok?
He shot him in the head. He's dead.
When I tell you that I'm poor, you won't ever, smile again... I long to have it all, and lay it at your feet... But I was born poor, and you'll never love me.
When I was old, you were there, but you were someone else.
- When you were old?
- Or when you get old?
No, when I was old.
- And when was that?
Before I was born.

Jun 08, 2020

I have to open my eyes to hold the pose, and not for very long:

This act requires total physical and mental focus. Only the Lamas, martial arts masters and a few great athletes... have been able to master it. You. Yes, you. Come here. Please cover my eyes. Make sure they are properly covered. Thank you. You may return to your place. What? Disappointed? What did you expect? For me to levitate or lift a jet? You are witnessing an
incredible feat! If you don't believe me? Then try it. But with your eyes closed.
It's raining, it's pouring! The old man is snoring...
Look at the dogs.
- They're tired. The kids won't leave them alone.

Every human has a great potential... that can be developed through physical training. Yes! But most importantly through the evolution of the mind... and the spirit. You can develop this potential. But don't expect a miracle! The only miracle resides within your own will. Remember, the mind is the motor for the physical.

Jun 08, 2020

We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.
Following our illustrious governor instructions... to improve the infrastructure, I've come here today... to respond to your demand for water. This can only happen by uniting the will of the people... with the leadership of our illustrious President Luis Echeverría Alvarez.
They're all the dogs that lived here. Look. That there was Pirata... he died in 1911. Do you remember Canela?
- Yes, where is she?
Look at her. She died last summer. They say she ate a poisoned rat. But I'm sure it was the villagers angry with Don José over the land.
We don't want those city nannies here. They feel fancier than their bosses. Come on.
This feels like my village. It's drier there. But it feels like it... The animals do that too. It sounds like this. And smells the same.

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