Roma

"I like being dead.”

The conversations about Roma at the time of its release and discussions about awards seemed to center on the fact that it was released on Netflix with only a limited theatrical run. People were convinced it wouldn’t have a shot for this very reason, but the quality of the film proved that even a Netflix release could be considered for Best Picture. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Foreign Language Films Nominated for Best Picture series with Alfonso Cuarón’s 2018 film Roma.

We talk about the tone of the story and why it works well, regardless of viewing format. We look at what Cuarón did technically to achieve the look of the film. We discuss the acting, both by newcomers and pros, and how they bring so much life to the story. We touch on the personal connection Cuarón had in the making of this film and why capturing his own memories was so important, especially in moments like the Halconazo riot. And we look at the nature of the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ sense of this film and how small, personal stories intersect with larger ones.

It’s a powerful film that gets better with age and certainly is one deserving of a conversation. We have a great time talking about it this week, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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