Pop Culture Imports: ‘Roma,’ ‘Happy as Lazzaro,’ a French Comedic Caper, an Immigrant Detention Drama, and More

/Film | 12/15/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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With last week’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees and the plethora of film awards ceremonies popping up every week, we’re well into the swing of awards season. You know what that means: a full month of Oscar contenders making their way to theaters while studios vie for the precious golden statuette. But in the case of a few of these foreign films, Oscar contenders are making their case on streaming services too.

This isn’t a special Oscar season edition of Pop Culture Imports, but a few of the movies this week are strong competition during awards season — and rightfully so. This week we have Alfonso Cuaron‘s magnum opus Roma, which hits the streaming service after a two-week theatrical run, Alice Rohrwacher‘s mesmerizing Cannes favorite Happy as Lazzaro, a French comedic crime caper featuring Vincent Cassel, an absurdist Mexican thriller about the horrors of timeshare, and a timely HBO original immigrant drama.

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Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Enoc Leaño and Daniel Valtierra.

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Words can’t do justice to this masterpiece of filmmaking. Alfonso Cuarón has crafted a pure cinematic experience out of his own childhood, in a film that has rightfully become Netflix’s best shot at a Best Picture Oscar. Drawing from his own childhood growing up in 1970s Mexico, the Gravity and Children of Men director tells the story of a housekeeper working for a middle-class family in Roma who enjoys a warm relationship with her employers while striking up a budding romance outside of her work. Anchored by a tender and uninhibited performance by Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Roma envelops you in an overwhelmingly empathetic and human experience. The narrative is exceedingly spare, moving at a slow and deliberate pace, but Cuarón makes it...
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