Roma (2004 film)

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Directed byAdolfo Aristarain
Screenplay byMario Camus
Kathy Saavedra
Story byAdolfo Aristarain
Produced byJosé Antonio Félez
StarringJuan Diego Botto
Susú Pecoraro
José Sacristán
CinematographyJosé Luis Alcaine
Edited byFernando Pardo
Release dates
  • 15 April 2004 (2004-04-15) (Argentina)
  • 18 September 2004 (2004-09-18) (Spain)
Running time
155 minutes
  • Spain
  • Argentina

Roma is a 2004 Argentine-Spanish drama film directed by Adolfo Aristarain and starring Juan Diego Botto, Susú Pecoraro and José Sacristán.[1]


Young journalist Manuel Cueto (Juan Diego Botto) is sent by his publisher boss to help the solitary novelist Joaquín Góñez (José Sacristán) finish his long-overdue last book, which will be an autobiography. Brought out of his loneliness by the young man, Joaquín reminisces about his youth and experiences in Buenos Aires during the 1960s and 70s before reloctaing to Spain, as well as his intense relationship with his mother Roma, who was and still is the most important person in Joaquín's life.


Critical reception[edit]

Jonathan Holland, film critic for Variety magazine and reporting from the San Sebastián International Film Festival, liked the film and wrote, "Argentine helmer Adolfo Aristarain turns a compassionate eye toward his own spiritual and political education in the rangy, quietly affecting and rewardingly intense Roma, his most achieved work to date. Lengthy, but not over-long, rites-of-passage yarn takes one young man's life as the focal point for the struggles which tore Argentina apart in the late '60s and '70s, as well as being an homage to the dangerous pleasures of self-discovery. Film garnered positive reactions at home on its spring release and has the emotional coherence to strike universal chords offshore".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roma at IMDb.
  2. ^ Holland, Jonathan. Variety, film review, July 15, 2004. Last accessed: February 17, 2008.

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