A Look Back At The Oscar Nominees : The Heart Of Roma
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If there was an Oscar winner that had a lot of momentum going in then I would have to say this is had the definitive advantage in every sense of the word. Now generally I wasn’t too interested on seeing this film not because I didn’t think it would be good I just thought it looked like one of these movies I personally wouldn’t go for. However once I heard how the story behind with the directors pure passion for the film to a point where he not only directed it, but shot the film and edited it by himself. However the film definently had a hill to climb with it being distributed by Netflix given the fact that most of the Academy Awards rarely nominate films from streaming service. So nothing really came easy for the film although minor things kept me away I can assure you that this film is not one you want to miss.
Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, shot, and co-edited it. Set in 1970 and 1971, Roma, which is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family.
Now Cuaron has made masterful films before from Harry Potter to Gravity and now this. Roma is a film that shows heart it doesn’t tell you it wants to be an Oscar movie besides it aesthetic. It lets you feel its holds on things and doesn’t shy away from the horrifying subject matter but instead handles it with care and caution. This film deserved the wins that it got. The cast were impeccable from stellar performances from Yalitza who played her character with this emotion and vulnerability that I haven’t seen in an actor for while given the fact it’s her first performance on screen definently says a lot. De Tavira also had an amazing role playing a tough but also broken woman throughout the majority of the film while trying to show love and care as a mother.She played it in a way that really kept me going throughout the stale moments of the film The children were well casted as well. They had sweet intimate moments with Cleo which made elevated the film substantially for me at least, especially a scene in which Cleo and the youngest of the family were lying next to one another looking up at the sky and talking. . The cinematography was great making the camera feel like another character with the pans shot surveying a new environment the family was or when Cleo and her friend raced through the streets or when they went to purchase things for her unborn baby and the store is raided by protestors. Not to mention the shot when we see her deceased baby laying next to her. Shots like these really showed how cuaron wanted us to feel everything this movie felt like the term wearing your heart on it’s sleeve. Which is what made me root for it to win this season during the Oscars.
Overall I truly enjoyed the film and can’t wait to see what Cuaron graces us with next he’s a wonderful filmmaker with a knack for great stories. This film was the little engine that could at the award show however it also felt like the fan favorite going in with the most fan fare during it’s Oscar run. None the less it was talked about and rightfully so. However with all the acclaim and recognition I wouldn’t hesitate to call this film the heart of the Oscars because it truly shows that film knows no bounds from the blockbuster to the indies. This film tunes it all out and just lets you enjoy it.
Written By William Christian Praise