Middle-class life in early 1970s Mexico City is beautifully and unassumingly rendered by Alfonso Cuarón in this gem of a film. His obvious skill in directing a cast consisting of several untrained actors has given the film an intimate, personal quality that makes it feel like the main protagonist's video-diary. Some of the glimpses we get into the life of the more or less dysfunctional family for which she works are so painstakingly private that it's both an ordeal and a delight to watch. Still, there's nothing melodramatic or sensationalistic about Roma. It's just a solid piece of intelligent, sensitive filmmaking. Cuarón won Best Director at the 91st Academy Awards for his work, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Aparacio) and Best Supporting Actress (de Tavira).