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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

Roma (TBC) Mex­i­can direc­tor Al­fonso Cuaron’s Roma won the Golden Lion in Venice this year de­spite the fact its avail­abil­ity to view­ers, as far as we know, largely will be lim­ited to those who sub­scribe to Net­flix. This is an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal movie set in a sub­urb of Mex­ico City in 1970, when Cuaron was nine. The events that un­fold are all seen through the eyes of Cleo (Yal­itza Apari­cio), an in­dige­nous wo­man who works as maid, child­min­der and fam­ily friend for a doc­tor, An­to­nio (Fer­nando Gre­di­aga), and his wife, Sofia (Ma­rina de Tavira). The cou­ple have four chil­dren, three boys and a girl, and it soon tran­spires that An­to­nio is in­volved in an ex­tra­mar­i­tal affair. Roma is stun­ningly pho­tographed by the direc­tor in gor­geous black and white. Rich in de­tail and su­perbly staged, this per­sonal story rings true on ev­ery level with­out the slight­est hint of ex­ag­ger­a­tion. This is per­haps the ma­jor cinema ex­pe­ri­ence of the year so far. They Shall Not Grow Old

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