'Roma' trailer: Alfonso Cuaron's latest Netflix masterpiece is vibrant despite being in monochrome
Releasing this December 14, Roma is "A story that chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s."
The new trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's latest, and most talked about directorial venture - 'Roma' - is finally here, and if there's one thing it assures viewers, it is the credibility of it earning the title of a masterpiece.
Which doesn't come as a surprise, honestly, considering it is from the house of the Academy winning director himself, but there's so much more to 'Roma' than the one line description underneath the video of the trailer.
Officially described as "A story that chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s," Roma has also been labeled as Cuaron's "most essential film."
The first teaser arrived back in the month of July this year, and all it showed was water washing off the street. And while there were several speculations around what the story could possibly entail, the most poignant one that stands out is in the miracle maker's own words himself, as shared with IndieWire.
Cuaron told the outlet how 'Roma' was "shaped by his own memories," saying: “Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory. Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
At the time it had been able to set off some intense thoughts about the depths the movie was going to plumb.
But once the trailer hit, the initial phases of it - only a fair few seconds though - was quite placid. A simple white family going about its day while their household help - a woman of color - goes about her chores. She cleans, she cooks, and she puts the children to sleep too, before going back home to her man. But a certain monochromatic vibrancy is injected into the black and white trailer as developments - both familial and social - pick up the pace of incidents happening in and around the family.
Incidents unfold with fast action over the next few seconds of the trailer that abruptly reaches a calm and poised ending with one of the children of the family, and the house-help lying down with their back against a table laid out on the porch, as water droplets from drying clothes pitter-patter their way on the two. For those having a hard time grasping what the concept of this all could possibly mean, here's what Cuaron had tweeted, explaining the films first teaser: "There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals."
Roma releases on Netflix, on December 14, 2018. But before that, here are all the details you need to brace yourself up with: "The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the matriarchy that shaped his world.
"A vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil, Roma follows a young domestic worker Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) from Mixteco heritage descent and her co-worker Adela (Nancy García García), also Mixteca, who work for a small family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Mother of four, Sofia (Marina de Tavira), copes with the extended absence of her husband, Cleo faces her own devastating news that threatens to distract her from caring for Sofia’s children, whom she loves as her own. While trying to construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined, Cleo and Sofia quietly wrestle with changes infiltrating the family home in a country facing confrontation between a government-backed militia and student demonstrators.
"Filmed in luminous black and white, Roma is an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife."