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Oscar Nominees: Roma
Plot: A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira & Diego Cortina Autrey
Review: Read the plot description. Exciting right? No? Then look at the director. Every film geek out there should know what this man has done to refine cinema. From science-fiction movies Gravity and Children of Men to the Harry Potter-universe this man has changed the way that many people look upon cinema. I sincerely enjoyed Roma. With such pristine cinematography, editing, and long takes, I couldn't believe how Alfonso Cuaron dedicated so much time and effort for his very simplistic story. From laughter to emotion to even really uncomfortable weird scenes, Cuaron does an extremely great job at conveying all types of feelings for the viewer. The long-takes were extremely well done, when they were not done in an attempt to show how many long takes the director can fit into one film. There are so many scenes in this film that are all filmed in one-take, and whenever Cuaron pulls it off in the right way, it really conveys many amazing feelings. The movie remains one of the most natural and authentic movies I’ve seen for years. Cleo's trip to the delivery room is filmed with real doctors and nurses, while a later trip to the beach offers yet another gut punch ... and both sequences maintain the overall feel of authenticity. Lest you think this is just another "small scale" indie, Cuaron goes big a few times - the street riot, a mass martial arts training session, and the beach trip. His film is a story of class and family, making it more than just a thing of celluloid beauty. Well deserved nominations.
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