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    I have seen it 3 times and it is by far my choice for the best picture of 2018. It is a masterpiece. I particularly love how it is political but it does so in a way that doesn’t knock the viewer over the head with its politics; it’s subtle and requires a viewer to come to their own conclusions. The children are great, the mother (Marina de Tavira) is so complex – both wonderful and awful at the same time. One of the things I love the most is the way extras are utilized so fully; each shot has so much life in it (I am thinking specifically of the way the extras climb on top of the buses in the martial arts scene, and the riot scene, and how so much else is going on when the family unit is on the road trip and the mother is telling the kids about what is happening with their family). Yalitza Aparicio is so real, and gives such a full performance. Once I understood the rhythm of the movie after the first 15 minutes (the first time I saw it) I relaxed and surrendered. Just such an amazing and beautiful film! (:

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    SN
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    So it’s out today on Netflix. Interested to read reaction of people who watched it at home. Comment here if you’ve seen it already.

    Alright.

    Yeah, it’s a really amazing film. The performances and the directing are suberb, while the cinematography and the sound design are hipnotizing. This film will be in my mind for a long time I guess.

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    Eden
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    I couldn’t wait anymore for a movie theater near me to show it, so Netflix won. Cuaron is a genius. It’s a lovely story and Yalitza Aparicio is brillliant. It’s a shame she missed the precursors. I was especially amazed by the cinematography.

    Anyone knows why Cuaron went with Netflix?

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    lovelylovely
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    Anyone knows why Cuaron went with Netflix?

    I believe it all came down to them being the highest bidder.

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    Pulp
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    That was so fucking beautiful, I can’t wait to see it again in theaters.

     

    #FreeTheBannedFour

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    JackO
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    So it’s out today on Netflix. Interested to read reaction of people who watched it at home. Comment here if you’ve seen it already.

    Meh. I found it slow and pretentious. I’ll give it another try later tonight though.

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    Qoslca
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    It looks like an absolutely beautiful film, but it’s rated R for graphic nudity. That’s not my thing. Does anyone know if there will be a censored version of the film that will come out at all?

    My username is an acronym of “Quiet On Set! Lights, Camera, Action.”

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    It looks like an absolutely beautiful film, but it’s rated R for graphic nudity. That’s not my thing. Does anyone know if there will be a censored version of the film that will come out at all?

    The nudity in the film isn’t that “graphic” at all, so I doubt there will be a censored version, so do not fret.

    If anything, I hope a bit of nudity doesn’t turn out to be a detriment to your experience in viewing this remarkable film.

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    lovelylovely
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    It looks like an absolutely beautiful film, but it’s rated R for graphic nudity. That’s not my thing. Does anyone know if there will be a censored version of the film that will come out at all?

    IIRC there’s only one scene with nudity, but it’s only a few minutes long. You could fast forward through it quite easily if you were to watch it on Netflix.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think they’re going to. Tbh I don’t think Netflix has ever released a censored version of a film they’ve distributed.

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    SN
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    It looks like an absolutely beautiful film, but it’s rated R for graphic nudity. That’s not my thing. Does anyone know if there will be a censored version of the film that will come out at all?

    The “graphic nudity” is only in one scene so your problem can be solved if you advance a few minutes, that is if you watch the film at Netflix.

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    Qoslca
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    @CitizenBlake @LovelyLovely @SN Thank you for the replies! I appreciate the info. Cheers!

    My username is an acronym of “Quiet On Set! Lights, Camera, Action.”

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    Now that the film has been released internationally, I’d like to give a bit more in depth thoughts about Roma and Aparicio.

    It is a sumptuously mesmerizing experience, and a notable directorial achievement by Cuaron in creating such an somber and atmospheric piece that makes the often mundane events of daily life quite remarkable. Now the most easy comparison to make with Cuaron is Ozu, as both men possessed such grace in depicting the beauty of mundane family life. This is what Borehood director Linklater should have tried to do. Have to give Cuaron credit that he makes trying to inch a car into a garage a somehow captivating visual experience. And that feeling of utter joy at watching the film is quite simply in how much ease yet complexity Cuaron achieves with the camera. It brilliantly realizes its story largely through artistic and painstaking visuals and does so extremely impressively. Cuaron creates an nassuming power to the visual imagery that slowly builds in potency, and finding so much in simple and minimalistic set pieces, that have been depicted in film before, however not quite in this manner.

    Aparicio – 4.5/5. It is indeed a director’s film without a doubt, and Cuaron is without a doubt the star of the show. However, Aparicio gives an unassuming, naturalistic turn that is essential in helping to create and maintain this specific portrait of the childhood of Cuaron. There is a never a break in this and the performances are an essential part of this even if they aren’t really often the focus. Aparicio though gives a quiet turn that subtly conveys the emotions of her situation most often in a very internalized fashion. The few moments of a more overtly external performance are very much earned by Aparicio within context of the character’s trauma over the course of the film, and definitely feel honest to the character. Aparicio delivers in these scenes and gives a striking and varied turn as a leading actress even if technically overshadowed to a T by Cuaron’s direction, thus losing half a star.

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    AMAZING film, really a masterpiece. I haven’t been this moved with a movie in a long time.

    Should win Picture, Director, Foreign Film, Cinematography and Sound Mixing. Production Design and Screenplay would be deserving too.

    Yalitza Aparicio was incredible and should be nominated too.

    I can’t believe how anybody thinks this movie was slow or boring. It has so many little things, many great scenes after scene. One of the few movies a gave a 10 on IMDB.

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    Looks like I can see this tomorrow at TIFF Bell lightbox. Question is: 4k Atmos or 70mm?

    Whoop diddy scoop!

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    Looks like I can see this tomorrow at TIFF Bell lightbox. Question is: 4k Atmos or 70mm?

    I saw it at lightbox too! I’d say 70mm cuz the audio felt a little weird in atmos, at first I thought some of the quieter conversations were people in the back talking

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