I just went to see the film, Roma ……… Go

I just walked out of the Dendy cinema having just watched Alfonso Cuaron’s film Roma, if you can ….. go! I’ve listed where and when this extremely limited run is on…. below.

The film will run on Netflix but to experience the true majesty of this very beautiful film try to catch it on a big screen. I won’t spoil it for you by going into any detail, but if you do get to see it .. talk to me. Oh then go and look at Sebastian Salgado’s work.

In “Roma,” the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón uses a large canvas to tell the story of lives that some might think small. A personal epic set in Mexico City in the early 1970s, it centers on a young indigenous woman who works as a maid for a middle-class white family that’s falling apart. Cuarón uses one household on one street to open up a world, working on a panoramic scale often reserved for war stories, but with the sensibility of a personal diarist. It’s an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece.

Few directors tell large-scale stories with as much sensitivity as Cuarón, whose filmmaking style has grown more exhilarating as the expressive realism of his breakout movie, “Y Tu Mamá También,” has been channeled into the restrained ostentation of his fantasies “Children of Men” and “Gravity.” In “Roma” he has further refined his style by marshaling various narrative strategies, including cinematic spectacle. Many directors use spectacle to convey larger-than-life events while reserving devices like close-ups to express a character’s inner being. Here, Cuarón uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life.

Dendy Newtown : Wed 12th x 5 screenings

Hayden Orpheumn : Wed 12th x 4 screenings

Palace Norton Street : Wed 12th to Thu 20th

Randwick Ritz : Wed 12th to Wed 19th


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  1. Thanks for the thumbs-up on this movie Lorrie. I think I may have already seen it on Netflix a few months ago, as it’s sounding very familiar. Is there a scene where the woman is abandoned in the desert with 2 little children? If so, I have seen it and it was very good and somewhat harrowing.

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      1. Thanks Lorrie, I’ve just seen a trailer and you’re right. So I’m rounding up the troupes to see it this Saturday night at the Randwick Ritz. I look forward to discussing it over coffee next week.

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