The Maid DVD
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Directed by Sebastien Silva
Produced in 2009
Main Language - Spanish with English subtitles
Countries & Regions - South American Film
With a delicious smidgen of Joseph Loseley’s The Servant, Sebastian Silva’s film The Maid leads David Perilli along the fault-line between the Chilean bourgeoisie and their hired help.
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.
A beautifully observed and darkly comic satire of domestic politics and class tensions in Chile, ‘The Maid’ marks director Sebastian Silva as a major new talent of world cinema. Raquel (brilliantly played by Catalina Saavedra) has served the Valdes family for 23 years and harbours the illusion that she is a member of the family. But she can barely conceal her bitterness towards her employer's prickly eldest daughter and they frequently clash, leading the family to worry about Raquel’s workload. When they hire additional help, Raquel becomes frantic that her ambiguous place in the family under threat and she employs evermore childish antics to sabotage each new employee…
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 91 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 8th November 2010
Cat No: ART503DVD
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