Author: <span class="vcard">Andrew Emerson</span>

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** ½ (out of 4)

In Roma, Alfonso Cuarón takes a break from sci-fi spectacle (à la Children of Men and Gravity) and tries to return to the small-scale roots of his early career in Mexico (à la Sólo con tu pareja and Y tu mamá también). Set in 1970s Mexico City, the film constitutes a portrait of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), an indigenous housekeeper who’s a stand-in for Cuarón’s own childhood nanny. Over the course of the narrative, Cuarón tracks the relationship that Cleo develops with the family she works for: a rich doctor named Antonio (Fernando Grediaga), his wife Sofía (Marina de Tavira), their four children, and Sofía’s mother (Verónica García).

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