Destination film plot

The Plot

This semi-biographical hit film follows the incredible story of a young live-in housekeeper for a middle-class family during the political turmoil of Mexico City in the 1970s. Described by critics as “achingly beautiful”, this emotional film was directed by award-winning writer Alfonso Cuarón, and has a rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s before we even get onto the exciting filming location…

Destination film statistics

Film Released


Gross Box Office

Approx. $200,000

Filming Locations

Mexico City, Mexico

Destination Landmarks and Locations

Landmarks and Locations

  • 22 Tepeji Street, Colonia Roma – The house where the movie was filmed
Destination why you should visit

Why You Should Visit

Mexico is a country steeped in history and brimming with exciting things to discover. While Mexico’s beach resorts are incredibly luxurious, it is here in Mexico City where you will find some of the best cuisine in the world (you can’t beat real Mexican street food) and there’s so much to see and do you’ll probably have to make several trips to fit everything in. From the bustling streets to the intriguing historic centre, Mexico City is an eye-opener you don’t want to miss.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    The film is shot entirely in black and white.

  • Did You Know?

    Unusually, the film features a cast of entirely unknown actors.

  • Did You Know?

    90% of the scenes in the film are taken from the memory of the director.

  • Did You Know?

    It was chosen as Best Film of 2018 by Time magazine, and as one of the top ten best films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. It has also been nominated as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.