Roma (2004)

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In a masterful display of visual storytelling, Aristarain opens his film with a serene river that remains still, capturing the viewer's attention as the credits roll.

This tranquil scene seamlessly transitions into a stunning shot of nature, eventually leading us to the concentrated gaze of a stern old man.

This deliberate sequence effectively sets the stage for the film's central narrative: the journey of a cantankerous writer named Joaquín Goñez, who has lost his way and is harshly criticised by his publisher.

Welcoming his future collaborator, Manuel Cueto, to a beautiful house filled with the powerful melodies of Brahms, Joaquín's mission becomes clear: he must complete his autobiography, set in Rome, in two months.

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A film recently awarded a prize by the Spanish Film Academy, directed by Aristarain, it is two and a half hours long.

The renowned filmmaker, who has directed a total of 12 films, including the latest, Roma, released 20 years ago, has left his mark on Ibero-American cinema.

The film captivates viewers with its profound dialogue and a robust script that surprises with witty metaphors.

For example, the young writer is played by the same actor who plays the young proofreader in the present.

As the story unfolds, the protagonist embarks on a journey into the past, where he meets his mother, Roma.

This encounter offers a new perspective, challenging the conventional notion of nostalgia by reflecting on the past.

It also sheds light on the lost meaning of his profession and life as a writer.

The film concludes with a satisfying ending that prompts viewers to reflect on their own ideals and vision.

The performances, especially Roma's, are exceptional and are accompanied by beautiful allusions to music and film.

Overall, this film by the esteemed Argentine filmmaker is a must-see.

Winner of the Havana Film Festival Award (female performance) and the Argentinean Film Academy Award (Condor/Best Director, Film and Lead Actress).



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