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*AnAesop:
**Servants arenít family by blood, and thereís still an economic motivator, but the work they put in raising the family can make them very much like it themselves.


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*LeaveTheCameraRunning: A lot of the film is just capturing events in a slowly panning/dollying wide shot. Most of them are pretty mundane, but some are more complex, like a fire in a forest or the kids playing in the ocean.


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*PeriodPiece: The film is one for Mexico City from 1970-71, which was also when and where the director grew up. The characters watch a movie that came out in that time (Marooned), drive cars appropriate to the era, and facing the political upheavals of the era. Itís a more subdued example than most, though.

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* HateSink: As the film goes on, Fermín is shown to be a self-absorbed asshole who doesn't take responsibility for Cleo's pregnancy and loudly threatens her in public. [[spoiler:His participation in the Corpus Christi massacre only further cements this.]]


* WhamShot: [[spoiler: When the massacre begins outside the store, and gunmen come charging in to pursue a fleeing couple, the camera keeps circling slowly to reveal the gunman aiming at Cleo [[FaceHeelTurn is Fermin]].]]

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* WhamShot: [[spoiler: When the massacre begins outside the store, and gunmen come charging in to pursue a fleeing couple, the camera keeps circling slowly to reveal the gunman aiming at Cleo [[FaceHeelTurn is Fermin]].Fermin.]]


* YourCheatingHeart: Antonio is living with his mistress, something Sofia covers up by claiming he's away for work. Paco eventually finds out the truth when he spots his father with his mistress on a city street.

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* WhamShot: [[spoiler: When the massacre begins outside the store, and gunmen come charging in to pursue a fleeing couple, the camera keeps circling slowly to reveal the gunman aiming at Cleo [[FaceHeelTurn is Fermin]].]]


* BaitTheDog: Fermín has a very eccentric establishing scene, where he practices his martial arts in front of Cleo while naked. The way he talks about his past and the poverty he grew up in makes one feel sorry for him. As the film goes on he's shown to be selfish, unempathetic, and much more violent than he first let on. He abandons Cleo when she gets pregnant with his child, threatens her, and has no sympathy. [[spoiler:He also ends up violently suppressing protestors at the Massacre]].

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* BaitTheDog: Fermín has a very eccentric establishing scene, where he practices his martial arts in front of Cleo while naked. The way he talks about his past and the poverty he grew up in makes one feel sorry for him. As the film goes on he's shown to be selfish, unempathetic, and much more violent than he first let on. He abandons Cleo when she gets pregnant with his child, threatens her, and has no sympathy. [[spoiler:He also ends up violently suppressing protestors protesters at the Massacre]].

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* CarRadioDispute: The children have an ongoing dispute about which radio program is the best and fight over it whenever they get in the car.

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No connection to Creator/FedericoFellini's 1972 film ''Film/{{Roma|1972}}''.


* NeverMessWithGranny: While Cleo shops for a crib with the family's grandmother, the store associate tries to sell one to them at full price. The grandmother, who has so far been fairly placid, firmly snaps that they expect a discount, as the family has been longtime customers. When the violence spills into the store, she stands protectively in front of Cleo.


* BeenThereShapedHistory: Fermín , the father of Cleo's baby, is a participant in the Corpus Christi massacre.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Fermín , Fermín, the father of Cleo's baby, is a participant in the Corpus Christi massacre.



* BaitTheDog: Fermín has a very eccentric establishing scene, where he practices his martial arts in front of Cleo while naked. The way he talks about his past and the poverty he grew up in makes one feel sorry for him. As the film goes on he's shown to be selfish, unempathetic, and much more violent than he first let on. He abandons Cleo when she gets pregnant with his child, threatens her, and has no sympathy. [[spoiler:He also ends up violently supressing protestors at the Massacre]].

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* BaitTheDog: Fermín has a very eccentric establishing scene, where he practices his martial arts in front of Cleo while naked. The way he talks about his past and the poverty he grew up in makes one feel sorry for him. As the film goes on he's shown to be selfish, unempathetic, and much more violent than he first let on. He abandons Cleo when she gets pregnant with his child, threatens her, and has no sympathy. [[spoiler:He also ends up violently supressing suppressing protestors at the Massacre]].



* NeverMessWithGranny: While Cleo shops for a crib with the family's grandmother, the store associate tries to sell one to them at full price. The grandmother, who has so far been fairly placid, firmly snaps that they expect a discount, as the family have been longtime customers. When the violence spills into the store, she stands protectively in front of Cleo.

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* NeverMessWithGranny: While Cleo shops for a crib with the family's grandmother, the store associate tries to sell one to them at full price. The grandmother, who has so far been fairly placid, firmly snaps that they expect a discount, as the family have has been longtime customers. When the violence spills into the store, she stands protectively in front of Cleo.



* YourCheatingHeart: Antonio is living with his mistress, something Sofia covers up by claiming he's away for work. Paco eventually finds out the truth when he spots his father with his mistress on a city street.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Antonio is living with his mistress, something Sofia covers up by claiming he's away for work. Paco eventually finds out the truth when he spots his father with his mistress on a city street.street.
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Antonio always comes across as a man who enjoys life and likes having a good time. He's happy when he's with his kids... and even happier with his mistress whom he gladly abandons his children for. Sofia says to the kids that he still loves them, but he never regrets his decision and only comes back for his books. When Cleo is in labor Antonio tries to comfort her, but is quick to leave when presented the chance, happy to be free from any of his past life.



* DirtyCoward: Sofia's outraged because, not only is Antonio cheating on her and living with his mistress, he doesn't even have the guts to tell their children himself.

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* DirtyCoward: Sofia's outraged because, not only is Antonio cheating on her and living with his mistress, he doesn't even have the guts to tell their children himself. When Cleo is in labor Antonio tries to comfort her, but is quick to leave when presented the chance, happy to be free from any of his past life.

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* BaitTheDog: Fermín has a very eccentric establishing scene, where he practices his martial arts in front of Cleo while naked. The way he talks about his past and the poverty he grew up in makes one feel sorry for him. As the film goes on he's shown to be selfish, unempathetic, and much more violent than he first let on. He abandons Cleo when she gets pregnant with his child, threatens her, and has no sympathy. [[spoiler:He also ends up violently supressing protestors at the Massacre]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Antonio always comes across as a man who enjoys life and likes having a good time. He's happy when he's with his kids... and even happier with his mistress whom he gladly abandons his children for. Sofia says to the kids that he still loves them, but he never regrets his decision and only comes back for his books. When Cleo is in labor Antonio tries to comfort her, but is quick to leave when presented the chance, happy to be free from any of his past life.


* NeverMessWithGranny: While Cleo shops for a crib with the family's grandmother, the store associate tries to sell one to them at full price. The grandmother, who has so far been fairly placid, firmly snaps that they expect a discount, as the family have been longtime customers.

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* NeverMessWithGranny: While Cleo shops for a crib with the family's grandmother, the store associate tries to sell one to them at full price. The grandmother, who has so far been fairly placid, firmly snaps that they expect a discount, as the family have been longtime customers. When the violence spills into the store, she stands protectively in front of Cleo.


* JerkAss: Fermín. He abandons Cleo after learning she's pregnant, refuses to see her, and when she finally manages to track him down he refuses to acknowledge the baby as his and threatens her against ever looking for him again. [[spoiler:The next (and last) time we see him, he's participating in the Corpus Christi massacre... as one of the murderers.]]

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* JerkAss: Fermín. He abandons Cleo after learning she's pregnant, refuses to see her, and when she finally manages to track him down he refuses to acknowledge the baby as his and threatens her with violence against ever looking for him again. [[spoiler:The next (and last) time we see him, he's participating in the Corpus Christi massacre... as one of the murderers.]]

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** One house had taxidermized heads of the family's dearly departed dogs. Cleo is visibly put off by it.
** The lone Yankee lady is the only woman wearing pants. The Mexican women- regardless of ancestry- are wearing skirts or dresses in the same scene.

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