Save for the small metal plaque affixed to its pawn, 22 Tepeji Street, looks like almost any old house in the fashionable part of the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City: painted plaster, an iron grille on the front windows and its flowers Pieces of geometry arrayed by metal slats on frosted glass of thin garage doors.
But the plaque recalls the most famous Mexican film in decades: Roma, a tapestry of memories woven by director Alfonso Quarone that engages viewers in condensed images and sounds of Mexico City of his childhood.
In the 2018 film, 22 Tapeji stood for Quaron’s boyhood home, and had some of the most memorable scenes in its façade and courtyard.
And now it is for sale.
“Life moves forward,” said Adriana Monreal, the third of four generations of the family who have lived in a two-story house for more than half a century.
Cuarón spent the first year of his life at 21 Tepeji’s home across the street, but preferred lighting at home for the shooting of his film and the Monreal family agreed. The production designer, Eugenio Caballero, replaced the window grills and retained the courtyard, which serves as the set for the first scene of the film, which introduces the film’s protagonist, Cleo, to the family’s maid, as he Washes dog dirt off the floor with soapy water.
Cuarón and Caballero remodeled the interior of the house on a set, painstakingly remodeling the details of Cuarón’s memories. In a Netflix documentary about the making of the film, Curron described how he tried to find as much of the original furniture as possible, contacting relatives across Mexico to ask him to borrow the pieces.
The Monaural family welcomed tourists when Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars (winning three, including one for Cuarón as Best Director) and film lovers raced through Roma and the rest of the city through the film. Tracked locations.
Montreal’s grandparents moved into the home when their mother, Gloria Sylvia Monreal, was a child and raised them with her five brothers and sisters.
Soon after Adriana Monreal was born, her mother moved back home with her parents and raised her only daughter at home. She remembers a housemate as her aunt and uncle returns for visits. She now lives there with her mother, her husband and two young children.
“It hurts,” Monreal said of the decision to sell the house, preferring to keep the reasons for the sale private. “It has given us a lot of satisfaction, we love it. You cannot measure everything while living here, this house has given us everything: shelter, proximity, a joint family.
“We love it and we will love it forever.”
Citing rumors flying on social media, Montreal would not share the asking price for the house. A listing for a four-bedroom house on the same street, which is only two blocks long and hasn’t changed much since 1970, cited an asking price of about US $ 760,000.
The Monreal family depicts the Roma as Quaron portraying middle-class families in his film, living in the stratified society of Mexico with the facility that they were not wealthy.
A few blocks north, early 20th-century mansions and elegant squares have transformed Rome Norte into a global hipster retreat filled with pointed boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
But the section called Roma Sur, a few blocks from a community garden and the historic elementary school where Montreal’s mother studied, were traditional neighborhood attractions. It is a place where local shopkeepers still hang out against the odds, houses accommodate multi-generational families and accept each other in the evening walk with a snag.
When the Monreal family leaves, another hairline from Roma will open.