A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. (IMDb)
I nearly cried during the first shot and it was the credits over a damn floor. Cuarón’s direction is exquisite in its patience, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail with long tracking shots, intimate close-ups, busy backgrounds, and remarkable soundscapes. Beyond its aesthetic beauty though, it’s poignant in its ability to tell a story (Aparicio’s great turn helps of course)–this one being a powerful character study about finding strength and peace amidst chaos (see Cleo’s one-leg stand).