“Roma” (Netflix)

By Catholic News Service

Meditative autobiographical drama chronicling the life of a middle-class family (led by Marina de Tavira) in the titular neighborhood of Mexico City in the early 1970s focuses primarily on the breakup of the parents’ marriage and on the out-of-wedlock pregnancy of their devoted maid (Yalitza Aparicio).

Grown viewers with long attention spans will find Catholicism subtly interwoven into the clan’s experience as writer-director Alfonso Cuaron muses on his childhood. But graphic content restricts the appropriate audience for his journey down memory lane.

Full male nudity, a nonmarital sexual relationship, mature references, including to drug use, at least one profanity and a mild oath, a few rough terms, some crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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