His successful period hollywood he will be reported for ten oscars. From Gravity , Alfonso Cuarón became a true hunter of the statuette. His feature film Roma , winner of the golden Lion at the Venice film Festival, has rafflé three statuettes (art, photography, and foreign film) at the Oscars. The filmmaker found his Mexico native and his childhood memories in this film available Friday on Netflix.
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The center of this great family saga situated in the years 70, is a spacious town house. There lives a couple and their four young children, the grand-mother, majestic and good, and the household, including the young Cleo, delicious and delicate nanny adored the rowdy quartet. The father does not take long to disappear, for an alleged business trip that proves to be a leak in the family home.
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It is a house of women that portrays Cuarón, sometimes attaching itself to the mother, a woman of character and a great moral elegance, sometimes following Cleo, his character of choice: she also lives a great disappointment, when her lover abandons her leaving her pregnant. These two women’s social condition different, but intimately related, through the trials with the same dignity and silent-the same love responsible for the happiness of the household.
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With the two actresses is outstanding, and a very nice bunch of kids, full of natural, Cuarón sign an autobiographical story which is a bit of his Fanny and Alexander . And it is good that the residential district of Mexico city, where he spent his childhood is called Roma, because we think sometimes in Italian cinema in the scenes of street or village.
Roma enjoys all the trappings of the auteur cinema: a beautiful black-and-white digital, a mise en scene sensible and refined, that does not hesitate to slow the tempo down for long sequence shots contemplatives. “The plans are very open, who observe moments of memory by avoiding the style and the camera in between,” said Alfonso Cuarón. They respect the time of the characters, and I wanted to give more importance to the characters and the company”.
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Screenwriter, director, director of photography and editor, Cuarón is all the posts in this very personal film that echoes the first piece that was made known, Y tu mamá también (2002). “The starting point of the film is my own personal memory, but with the maturity, intellectual and emotional that I have acquired,” says the filmmaker. I found the character of my nanny that I had mentioned in the Y tu mamá también , but the most important thing for me today is to look at it as a woman in all her complexity: she is the indian community mixteco (and she speaks her language with the other servant girl, Adela), it is less than socially, she has a love life and trials of a woman”.
The moving interpreter of Cleo, Yalitza Aparicio, discovered in a village of Oaxaca, had no acting experience, and to be less confusing, the filmmaker chose to shoot in continuity. “I wanted it all happens very naturally, because it was to film the life”. And that is what is on the screen.
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