Alfonso Cuaron is one of the most powerful directors working. You need to look no further than the rare 10 we gave his last movie, Gravity, to see how I feel about his work. That’s why Roma, from Netflix, is probably one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. We’ve finally got an actual look at it with the trailer above and it looks just gorgeous, and powerful, and… truthful? I’m not sure what the word is there, but it feels real.
It would be a shame to watch any of Cuaron’s work on a screen that wasn’t massive so it’s coming as very good news that Netflix also announced today that the movie will not only be on their streaming platform but also get a theatrical release. The film has already got a ton of festival buzz around it and will debut in Venice this year, though a release date hasn’t been set yet.
The movie, being described as Cuaron’s most personal work, will take place in Mexico City in the 1970s. The official synopsis says it will focus on two young domestic workers, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and Adela (Nancy García).
Cleo from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela, 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, and 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.