Other Movies Seen By This Director (4)
- Children of Men
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Y Tu Mama Tambien
|12.17.18||Netflix|| So I'm on holiday break from work. One of the items on my list of stuff to work on while off work is to catch up on all these netflix movies that I want to see, starting with this.|
To me, this feels as much a love letter to Fellini as it does to Cuaron's childhood maid. Granted, this has much more of a story than what I remember of most of the Fellini movies I've seen, but the languid almost anecdotal presentation of scenes, the slowly panning wide shots showing as much as possible of the city and surroundings, and rather bizarre scenes of new years parties and training grounds led by luchadores all feel very Fellni-esque to me. I mean it's called Roma. Yet Roma also refers to the neighborhood in Mexico City which Cuaron grew up, and the movie is also mixed with quintessential Cuaron touches like the very long shots, setting grand action as a background to intimate moments of peril, achingly autobiographical details (and of course a visit to the beach). Really wonderful filmmaking. My only... the only thing keeping me from loving it more than I do is that meandering Fellini pace. It's been a while since I've watched a Fellini movie but I definitely remember the experience of them and how it's folly to try and look for any sort of plot. You have to let them wash over you and see which scenes resonate with you afterward. Kind of a polar opposite of a movie like Gravity. So about half-way through I had to tell myself to relax and not rush anything and sure enough by about three quarters through I was a hundred percent into it. Gotta respect these masterful cinematic expressions, even if I don't feel the need to re-watch this right away.