Length: 91 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 8 November 2010
Cat No: ART503DVD
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
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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
Sebastian Silva directs this Chilean comedy drama exploring the subtle and complex dynamics at work between a well-meaning family and... Read More
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.