(US/Mexico - 2018)
Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Carlos Peralta, Diego Cortina Autrey, Daniela Demisa, Marco Graf, Nancy Garcia, Veronica Garcia, Andy Cortes, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero Martinez, Jose Manuel Guerrero Mendoza, Victor Resendez "Latin Lover," Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano, Jose Luis Lopez Gomez, Edwin Mendoza Ramirez, Clementina Guadarrama, Enoc Leano, Nicolas Perez Taylor Felix, Kjartan Halvorsen. (R, 135 mins)
The Netflix Original film ROMA, Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron's first directing effort since 2013's Oscar-winning GRAVITY (he produced his son Jonas' little-seen thriller DESIERTO in the interim), is a personal and deeply moving drama that incorporates pivotal memories from his childhood that shaped him as a person and as a filmmaker. One of the so-called "Three Amigos" along with Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro G. Inarritu, visionary Mexican filmmakers who have earned a plethora of acclaim and accolades at home and in Hollywood going back to the 1990s, Cuaron serves as his own cinematographer on ROMA, shooting in digital 65mm and black-and-white, the camera constantly panning and swiveling slowly, the director conducting a master class in shot composition and movement. Known for long takes--sometimes with editing trickery--in GRAVITY and 2006's CHILDREN OF MEN, Cuaron resorts to those techniques throughout, but they don't so much stand out as technical marvels as much as they hypnotically lull you into the immersive world being depicted. And the CGI recreation of 1970-71 Mexico City is seamless and undetectable, and among other things, let ROMA serve as the last word on how CGI should be done.