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Directed by: Sebastien Silva Sebastián Silva

Produced: 2009

Countries & Regions: Chile, Mexico

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Certificate: 15

Length: 91 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 8 November 2010

Cat No: ART503DVD

Extras:
DVD 5
Languages(s): Spanish
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
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Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

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The Maid

Cast: Catalina Saavedra , Alejandro Goic , Luis Dubo , Agustin Silva , Anita Reeves , Claudia Celedón , Andrea Garcia-Huidobro , Mariana Loyola , Darok Orellana , Sebastian La Rivera , Mercedes Villanueva , Delfina Guzman

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Sebastian Silva directs this Chilean comedy drama exploring the subtle and complex dynamics at work between a well-meaning family and their servant. Catalina Saavedra stars as Raquel, a middle-aged maid who has worked for the same upper middle class family in Santiago for more than 20 years. When her barely-concealed resentment starts to manifest itself through clashes with her employer’s eldest daughter, the family decide that she is overworked and draft in more help. Feeling displaced, Raquel proceeds systematically to sabotage each new employee by resorting to childish tactics in an attempt to cling to her indeterminate role within the family. Only Lucy (Mariana Loyola), last in the line of new recruits, is able to nudge Raquel gently towards the emotional breakthrough she needs to free herself from her state of part-real, part-imagined servitude.

With a delicious smidgen of Joseph Loseley’s The Servant, Sebastian Silva’s film The Maid pounds the fault-line between the Chilean bourgeoisie and their hired help. Domestics are still common in Chile where the film struck a chord with its depiction of the porous dynamic between families and the often poorly educated workers they invite to live with them.

Longsuffering Rachel runs the Santiago household she works in with little identity beyond her job. Although treated fondly she’s not above resorting to psychological warfare in response to any disrespect, such as loudly vacuuming outside the elder daughter’s bedroom in the early hours! So when health worries force the family to hire another maid she fights back with dirty tricks. But one day the sunny Lucy arrives who helps Rachel discover life outside.

Teasing viewers with its shifting tone, The Maid starts off as Michael Haneke-style black comedy before opting for heartfelt human drama. Catalina Saavedra’s triumphant performance as Rachel makes this possible creating one of the most infuriatingly sympathetic characters in modern Latin American film.

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