ROMA – Review by Sarah Ward

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In the darkness of space in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, no one could hear a stranded astronaut scream. In the writer-director’s follow-up, Roma, no one would hear a maid’s cries even if they shared the same room. Domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) attends to the everyday needs of her middle-class employers and their four loving but unruly children, treating them like family. But she’s the first to rise in their well-appointed household in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma neighbourhood, and the last to sleep. She’s the person who both tucks the kids into their beds and scrapes dog excrement from the driveway each day. Cleo is part of the fabric of their lives, but the minutiae of her life is never part of theirs. Continue reading…

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Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is a freelance film critic and writer. She is the Australian-based critic for Screen International, and writes for ArtsHub, Concrete Playground, Goethe-Institut Australien, SBS, SBS Movies and Flicks Australia. She has also contributed to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Junkee, FilmInk, Birth.Movies.Death, Lumina, Senses of Cinema, Metro Magazine, Screen Education and the World Film Locations book series.