This year’s Toronto Film Fest overlapped in theme for more than a few movies. There were tales of addiction and rehabilitation in Ben is Back, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased — and yes, about boys. There were tales of female pop singers – from Vox Lux to Teen Spirit to the much-anticipated A Star is Born. Then there were films we need, and want, to see more of: the female-fronted heist drama with a touch of social commentary from Steve McQueen in Widows, the understatedly brilliant tale of Black love in the face of incarceration in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, the of-our-times The Hate U Give, the exquisite this-is-why-we-have-movies Roma, from Alfonso Cuaròn.
Roma, starring first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio, is a stirring work of art in the story it tells of a young woman working as a maid for a middle-class family in 1907s Mexico City. It’s a love letter to Cuaròn’s upbringing in the suburb of the same name, and is deeply moving for the way each frame takes in so much of the breadth of this one story and its setting. Here is my very inadequate but heartfelt #ReviewOnTheRun of it:
I’ll be putting out more videos of my favourite films from the fest as they are released in public.
Roma heads to Netflix in December.