Except for the small metal plaque affixed to the facade on Tepeji Street 22, it looks almost like any old-fashioned house in the unfashionable part of the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City: whitewashed stucco, wrought iron grille and its flower pots above the front window, Very thin metal slats are arranged geometrically on the frosted glass of the garage door.
However, the plaque commemorates the most famous Mexican film in decades: Rome, a tapestry of memories woven by director Alfonso Cuarón, allowing viewers to see dense images of Mexico City during his childhood And sound.
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Now it can be sold.
“Life continues,” said Adriana Monreal, who has lived in this two-story house for more than half a century in the third of four generations in the family.
Cuarón’s first year of life was spent in a house across the street from Tepeji, but he prefers the light across the house to shoot his movies, and the Monreal family agreed. Production designer Eugenio Caballero replaced the windowpanes and reused the terrace. The terrace is the set of the first scene of the film. The protagonist of the film, Cleo (the maid of the family) was introduced. Washed off the floor.
Cuarón and Caballero reproduce the interior of the house in a scene, carefully recreating Cuarón’s memories. In a Netflix documentary about the production of this movie, Cuarón described how he managed to find as many original furniture as possible, and contacted relatives across Mexico, asking them to borrow something.
When Rome was nominated for 10 Oscars, the Monreal family welcomed visitors (it won 3 Oscars, including 1 Cuarón’s Best Director Award), and movie fans tracked the film in Rome and the entire city s position.
When her mother, Gloria Silvia Monreal (Gloria Silvia Monreal) was a child, Montreal’s grandparents moved into the house and raised five siblings there.
Soon after Adriana Monreal was born, her mother moved back home with her parents and raised her only daughter. When the aunt and uncle returned to China to visit, she recalled a group of people. Now she lives there with her mother, husband and two young children.
“It hurts,” Monreal said about the decision to sell the house, preferring to keep the reasons for the sale secret. “It gives us great satisfaction and we like it. You can’t measure everything we have lived here, everything this house gives us: shelter, intimacy, a family reunion.
“We like it, and we will always like it.”
Monreal cited rumors circulating on social media and would not disclose the asking price of the house. A list of a four-bedroom house on the same street. The house is only two blocks away. It has not changed much since the 1970s. The price is about $760,000.
The Monreal family reflects the Roma portrayed by Cuarón in his film. These middle-class families live in the comfortable environment provided by Mexico’s stratified society, even if they are not rich.
A few blocks in the north, the mansions and elegant squares of the early 20th century have transformed Norte Norte into a global trendy leisure destination full of fashionable avant-garde boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
But in the section called Roma Sur, the traditional community still exists, only a few blocks from the community garden and the historic elementary school where Monreal mother studied. Here, the local shopkeepers are still at a loss, the houses accommodate generations of families, and the night walkers greet each other.
When the Monreal family leaves, another crack in the Roman hairline will open.