Roma (2004)


Roma (2004)

When journalist Manuel Cueto is hired to type novelist Joaquín Góñez's last book, his presence provokes an avalanche of feelings that bring Joaquín to the edge of emotions and memories that had lain dormant in the solitude of the last stages of his creative life. Accustomed to years of loneliness, Joaquín finds in the young journalist a bridge to the forgotten years of his youth in the 60's and 70's, during his wild years in Buenos Aires. Argentina had been witness to the mistakes made in the passage to adulthood, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty, the influences of cinema and jazz, the taste of first love and the experiences of the many which followed and the intimate relationship with his parents, particulary with his mother Roma, a strong, intelligent woman, a supporter of his youthful ideals. It is to Roma to whom Joaquín owes his free, bohemian spirit and the aspirations shared with her in the shadow of the memory of his father will awaken in Joaquín the desire and the impatience to recover all he had, so far, believed lost.
IMDb   7.3 /10
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
FilmAffinity   7.2 /10
Release Date2004-09-30
Runtime2h 35min
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards10 wins & 13 nominations
CompanyTesela Producciones Cinematográficas, Aristarain P.C., Estudios Flomenbaun Abogados
CountryArgentina, Spain
Manuel Cuetoas Manuel Cueto…
Roma Di Toroas Roma Di Toro
Joaquín Góñezas Joaquín Góñez
Agustín Garvíe
Agustín Garvíe
Joacoas Joaco
Áteo Di Toroas Áteo Di Toro
Marcela Kloosterboer
Marcela Kloosterboer
Reneéas Reneé
Aliciaas Alicia
Joaquín fatheras Joaquín father
Bettyas Betty
Gustavo Smirnoffas Gustavo Smirnoff
Doctor Cassanoas Doctor Cassano
Publisher (son)as Publisher (son)
Porteraas Portera
Ma Joadas Ma Joad
Angel Facio
Angel Facio
Alan Ferraro
Alan Ferraro

Roma (2004 film)

Roma is a 2004 Argentine-Spanish drama film directed by Adolfo Aristarain and starring Juan Diego Botto, Susú Pecoraro and José Sacristán.


Young journalist Manuel Cueto (Juan Diego Botto) is sent by his publisher boss to help solitary novelist Joaquín Góñez (José Sacristán) finish his long-overdue last book. Brought out of his loneliness by the young man, Joaquín reminisces about his youth and experiences in Buenos Aires, as well as his intense relationship with his mother Roma.


  • Juan Diego Botto as Manuel Cueto/Joaco
  • Susú Pecoraro as Roma Di Toro
  • José Sacristán as Joaquín Góñez
  • Agustín Garvíe as Joaco
  • Vando Villamil as Áteo Di Toro
  • Marcela Kloosterboer as Reneé
  • Maximiliano Ghione as Guido
  • Marina Glezer as Alicia
  • Gustavo Garzón as Joaquín father
  • Carla Crespo as Betty
  • Marcos Mundstock as Gustavo Smirnoff
  • Raúl Rizzo as Doctor Cassano
  • Jean Pierre Noher as Pando
  • Alberto Jiménez as Publisher (son)
  • María Galiana as Portera
  • Jane Darwell as Ma Joad (archive footage)
  • Henry Fonda as Tom Joad (archive footage)

Critical reception

Jonathan Holland, film critic for Variety magazine and reporting from the San Sebastián International Film Festival, liked the film and wrote, "Argentine helmer Adolfo Aristarain turns a compassionate eye toward his own spiritual and political education in the rangy, quietly affecting and rewardingly intense Roma, his most achieved work to date. Lengthy, but not over-long, rites-of-passage yarn takes one young man's life as the focal point for the struggles which tore Argentina apart in the late '60s and '70s, as well as being an homage to the dangerous pleasures of self-discovery. Film garnered positive reactions at home on its spring release and has the emotional coherence to strike universal chords offshore."