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Raquel seems to have gone 'round the bend. She's cruel to the family's girls and dotes on the boys. She drives the new maids away, leaving Pilar at her wit's end, unable to find a solution and unwilling to fire Raquel after more than 20 years of loyal service. Catalina Saavedra is nothing short of terrific in conveying the childish vindictiveness, with very few words, of this unhappy and unlikable woman. Raquel seems to have no clear idea, herself, of why she feels threatened. She is treated kindly, lives in relative comfort, but is about to crack. Her petty schemes are both hilarious and completely alienating. Mariana Loyola has only a supporting role but deserves no less credit for her portrayal of Lucy, the warm, easy-going maid who tries a completely different tactic with Raquel. In Spanish with optional English subtitles.
The DVD (Oscilloscope 2010): "Behind the Scenes Clips" are 6 segments of short behind-the-scenes clips strung together. "From Sketch to Screen: Storyboarding The Maid" (3 min) shows some of the director's storyboards with clips of those scenes from the film. "Photos from Sebastian Silva" are 13 images of mixed subjects related to the film.
The mother, Pilar (Claudia Celedon), decides to hire an additional maid to assist. First a very young one, then a very old one. Raquel plays mean games with them like locking them out of the house. In one case she turns a kitten loose who the younger maid had charge of. Neither maid lasts long. A third arrives (Mariana Loyola) who is closer in age and fun spirited. At first Raquel tries the same old tricks but eventually becomes close enough to visit Lucy's (Loyola) family.
Lucy's uncle hits on Raquel and agrees to have sex but at the last moment makes a surprising confession. After Lucy decides she misses her family too much to continue her employment, Raquel goes back into her funk. Aside from a strong performance by Saavedra, I don't understand what the big deal is. The film is shot digitally using mostly hand held cameras and for a while I thought we were going to get a horror film. What we get is watching a neurotic woman struggle with her personal problems. We don't get a direct explanation but there are enough clues that lead in one direction.
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Great movie that shows social class relations in Chile and elsewhere in Latin America. It showed a brief scene with male frontal nudity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marketta Laurila
Raquel, the protagonist of the Chilean film The Maid, is an early middle-aged live-in domestic who has been with the same upper middle class family for more than half her life. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by not a natural
It's just so hard to find good help these days. Just ask the Valdes family, whose live-in maid of twenty-three years is quickly... Read more
The other reviews of this film have covered it well, so I don't need to add more, just wanted to add to the praise. I love this film so much. Looking forward to seeing it again. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Michael Morillo
I was a little uncomfortable watching this for probably the first half of the movie. I didn't know what lengths Raquel would go to to scare the new maids away. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by I Wasn't Here
The Maid, director Sebastian Silva's effort, is delightful on all levels. A cast that buys in to all the insanity, a fine script, and a brilliant central performance from Catalina... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by R. Gawlitta
It's not just a good movie, it's good learning. Easy phrases, real life, fun.
Watch this movie and learn, learn how to love yourself, how to be happy. Read more
The Maid or La Nana is a sad but ultimately satisfying character study of a maid who has been living and caring for others for years, pining for their affection and thinking of... Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by Amit Talpade
In Sebastian Silva's film `The Maid',the subtitle says it all: `She's almost one of the family,' hence when the door is closed on her in the kitchen while the family is eating, we... Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by technoguy
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