It is very hard to categorise a film like ‘Roma’. It is hard to describe what you feel after you’ve watched it. While you wonder how a film could be so lifelike, separated from the grandiose of the industry that sells it; you can’t help but marvel at the ingenuity of the filmmaker who seems to have infused a simple story (mundane, even) with such an intimate character of his own. ‘Roma’ makes you realise the complexity that goes behind the art of filmmaking, and attempts to redefine your taste in cinema. Set in the early 1970s, it has a live-in maid at the centre of its story. In the span of two years, the maid and her employer go through a series of experiences that change their lives, individually and collectively.
To say that there has been a film like ‘Roma’ before would neither be fair nor accurate. However, once you have been taken under its spell, you will want to enter into the section that defines cinema. Here is the list of films similar to Roma that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Roma on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Paterson (2016)
Art is in everyone in one form or another. The problem with us is that we get caught up in our mundane lives, following a dull routine, trying to achieve some trivial goal. Paterson has been living a similar life. He is a bus driver whose daily routine rarely strays off of its fixed pattern. There is one thing that keeps the passion inside him alive, and that is poetry. Paterson observes the conversations of people around him and works it into his poems. But he still hasn’t allowed his work to be seen by anyone other than his wife. The question this film poses is: how long will it take for you to recognize your own potential? More importantly, what will it take?
14. Once (2007)
Love is often portrayed in the movies as a grand idea. The endings are either too happy or too sad- the story can only move forward in one of the two ways. Romance films are ridden with clichés which make your stomach churn because you know how far they have strayed from reality. ‘Once’ is a remedy to that sickness. Set in Dublin, it tells the story of a man and a woman who are brought together by their love for music. With its melodious songs and beautiful story, ‘Once’ will leave you with mixed emotions, and you’ll surely love it.