Podcast: Disobedience + Roma
In this episode we're talking about Sebastián Lelio's Disobedience, his acclaimed follow up the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman, and Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, which sees the director of Gravity revisit monochromatic memories of his childhood.
In the same year as winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio delivers his first English-language film Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. When her estranged rabbi father suddenly passes away, Ronit (played by Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz, who is also co-producer of the film) returns from New York to the north London Orthodox Jewish community that rejected her years previously after a scandalous transgression. She encounters old friends Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and Esti (Rachel McAdams), now married, but her presence soon disrupts the equilibrium.
The most personal project to date from Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighbourhood of Roma, Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
Discussing the films this week are Kelly Powell, Sam Howlett and Jake Cunningham.