Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has spent his entire career ping-ponging between foreign language art house fare (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and applying his talents to big budget blockbusters (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity). A few of these have turned out to be new sci-fi classics (Children of Men), while the Criterion Collection has ensured that Tambien will look stunning forever.
Now, Cuarón seems to be returning to his roots with Roma - his first feature in five years - which details a tumultuous year in the lives of a middle-class family in '70s Mexico City. Inspired by the women who raised him, Cuarón has reportedly crafted a visual poem to the matriarchy that shaped his world. Based on the absolutely gorgeous first teaser trailer for his new movie, it looks like the auteur's added another mind-blower to his resume:
Here's the official synopsis:
"A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, Roma follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators."
Roma joins Netflix's impressive fall line-up that includes Paul Greengrass' 22 July, The Coen Bros' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Jeremy Saulnier's Hold the Dark, Gareth Evans' Apostle, and Orson Welles' long-incomplete The Other Side of the Wind (!!!). Unfortunately, the purist in me still laments the fact that most of these will mostly be viewed for the first time in subscribers' living rooms, as opposed to the big screen, but as long as they're finding an audience, we all still win.
Roma hits Netflix - after debuting as the NYFF’s opening night centerpiece, playing as a special presentation at TIFF, and enjoying a brief Academy-qualifying theatrical run - later this year.