ROMA: An Intensely Personal Project for Academy Award®-winner Alfonso Cuarón

The movie is based on his childhood growing up in Mexico City

Terri Lee-Sylvester
December 14, 2018 - 12:45 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - ROMA is an intensely personal movie for Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón.  The movie, which marks Cuarón's first since he won two Oscars® for Gravity, is based on his childhood growing up in Roma, a middle class neighborhood in Mexico City.  It follows Cleo, a young woman who worked for -- and grew very close to -- Cuarón's family.

Watching the movie, it becomes clear how important Cleo is to the family.  She wakes the children up in the morning, gets them off to school, cooks and serves their dinner, washes the family's clothes, and does everything to keep the house clean, including clean up after the family's dog.  She barely has any time for herself, and when she does, it's late in the evening and close to her own bedtime.  She does, however, meet and fall for a young man who talks a good game, but one who many people -- using today's terminology -- would describe as a thug.  

It's easy to see that ROMA is an intensely personal movie for Cuarón.  The love he and his family share for Cleo shines through in the film.  It's a loving way to remember his years growing up in his hometown, and also a beautiful tribute to a woman who can only be described as beautiful herself.

ROMA can been seen starting Friday, December 14, 2018 in select theaters and on Netflix.

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