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  • Writer's pictureKaveh Jalinous

Roma (2018): Film Review

There are good and bad's when it comes to Netflix and movies. The good lies in the accessibility, and the fact that whenever you want to watch a film, all it takes is a few clicks to get there. The bad lies in the fact that with the sheer amount of content being released, it's easy for the truly remarkable pictures to get lost in the sheer madness of dumb comedies and stupid dramas. We have seen it countless times this year alone, the biggest being The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and the late Orson Welles' edited and finished film The Other Side Of The Wind. Both films were barely marketed on the website at all, and faded into the back of many people's memories soon after they were released. I was afraid that this same thing was going to occur with Alfonso Cuaron's newest film Roma, the film taking over the world by storm. The very fact scares me even now, long after I have seen the film. This is a movie that deserves to be seen, by everyone possible. It cannot get lost in the mini world that is Netflix, because it deserves so much more than that. The film is a masterpiece, and after watching it, it takes a little bit of time to sink into your mind; challenging you to think outside the box and see the world a little differently. Only great films can do that. The film tells the story of Cleo, a housemaid living in Mexico City in the early 1970's. We see her world through her perspective, as she navigates herself through life, and working for a family of six. When she gets pregnant, her world only gets more complicated as she has to discover what do to, and ultimately, who she is. The film is subtle, beautiful, and heartbreaking; and will have you in tears by the time the end credits start rolling. I think Cuaron is a brilliant director (besides the fact that I highly dislike Gravity), but this film right here is something else. It is a relatively plot-less film, but at the same time, there is so much going on that bombards the viewer all at once, in the best way possible. The acting is marvelous, and it is a true shame that Aparacio isn't getting the recognition she deserves for what truly is one of the best performances of the year. Every actor sinks perfectly into their role, and the film is so finely crafted and tuned so that everything is pitch perfect. The direction is absolutely magnificent, showcasing one of the most beautiful films that cinema has seen in a long time. From the harrowing opening shot, to the heartbreaking closing shot - and everything in between - you can so easily see the passion and heart put in by everyone involved in the film, from cast to crew. There are so many themes going on during the film as well, some that are easy to find, and some that involve going deep below the surface of the film to locate. To put it simply, Roma is about perspective, and how different people see different things differently. Although it is not from a first person perspective, it feels like we are seeing everything through Cleo's eyes, while feeling her emotions, soul, and energy while watching the film. It almost feels like everything is being experienced through childlike innocence, making everything even more beautiful and heartbreaking. The third act is astonishing, and truly depressing, and that's all I want to say about it. In fact, I feel like there is nothing more I can even say the film in general. If you are reading this, I want you to go experience the film with your own mindset. I chose to watch this film with knowing the bare minimum about it (I refused to watch any trailers or promos for it), and it was honestly the best decision I could have possibly made. If you haven't seen anything about it, I suggest you keep it that way. Just watch it, and let the beauty sink in as the film transports you into a whole new world, and a whole new existence. Roma is an absolute marvel, and a film that is going to change the world of cinema. That right there is an absolute guarantee.



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