It’s been over 5 years since the last time we saw Alfonso Cuarón in the director’s seat with the Academy Award-winning film Gravity. With the imminent release of his latest film Roma, could we potentially see an Oscar for a Netflix Original? We’ll discuss that and more as we divulge into the details of Netflix Original Roma.
Roma is the upcoming Netflix Original film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Involving himself deeply into the work on the film, Cuarón is also credited as a producer, co-editor and photographer of the film. Roma has already received a worthy accolade after winning the Golden Lion award at the 75th Venice film festival. Many critics have come forward to declare the film as the best of 2018.
The story of Roma takes place in the city of Mexico City in the 1970s. Centered around the life of a live-in housekeeper who works for a middle-class Mexican family that lives in the neighborhood of Roma. Cuarón has drawn upon his own experiences of his childhood to the big screen in this heartfelt and emotional rollercoaster of a film.
Who is in the cast of Roma?
Nearly all of the cast are making their debut in Roma. It is unlikely you will know of any of the cast members below.
|Role||Actor/Actress||Where I have seen/heard them before?|
|Cleo||Yalitza Aparicio||Debuting in Roma|
|Sra. Sofía||Marina de Tavira||Falco, The Lord of the Skies, Ingobernable|
|Toño||Diego Cortina Autrey||Debuting in Roma|
|Paco||Carlos Peralta||Debuting in Roma|
|Pepe||Marco Graf||El Chango y la Chancla|
|Sofi||Daniela Demesa||Debuting in Roma|
|Adela||Nancy García García||Debuting in Roma|
|Sra. Teresa||Verónica García||Debuting in Roma|
The Oscar Nominated Netflix Original
There have been a handful of Oscar nominations from the past few years for Netflix Originals. Out of the total 14 nominations, Netflix has won 2 Academy Awards, to which both have been for documentaries. Roma has already been selected as the Mexican entry for an Academy Award in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category which it is highly likely to win. If the film is to be nominated for any further Academy Awards is unknown as the time of writing.
Roma has also been nominated for the following at the Golden Globe Awards:
- Best Foreign Language Film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
What are the ratings for Roma?
At the time of writing Roma is doing exceptionally well so far. It currently has a rating of 8.7 on IMDb, 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 96% on Metacritic respectively.
The IMDb rating is measured by user rating so upon release, we can expect this rating to change for the better or worse. Many critics are currently raving about the film and already some are describing it as the best film of 2018.
The review below is spoiler free:
What has the reaction been on social media?
Sight & Sound has released its best films of 2018. Here are the top 5: https://t.co/NzaUsMxT5I
2. “Phantom Thread”
4. “Cold War”
5. “First Reformed” pic.twitter.com/AvQ104uFWR
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) December 11, 2018
Lots of great films hitting the big screen this month. I caught screenings of #Roma and #TheFavourite these past few days, and I’m completely blown away by both. Reviews for both are pending (when I find my words) and will be published on my blog https://t.co/Sm0rdQhSXP pic.twitter.com/a85ulD9MAn
— Josiah Manzanares (@CinfulSinema) December 8, 2018
— ROMA (@ROMACuaron) December 9, 2018
Where is the trailer?
Netflix released the trailer on the 13th of November. The film has been shot purely in black and white.
When is the release date?
Roma will be available to stream to all subscribers from the 14th of December!
Will there be a sequel?
There are no plans for a sequel film as this is a stand alone. The inspiration for the film comes from Alfonso Cuarón as a tribute to the nanny that helped raise him.
Are you going to be watching Roma? Let us know in the comments below!