the maid
After 23 years of servitude, Raquel has come
to occupy a curious no-man's-land position
somewhere between a mere domestic and a
member of the Valdes family. When her employers
decide to hire another maid to help make life easier
for her, Raquel reacts with territorial jealousy,
fearing she is to be replaced by the interloper. With
a critical eye that explores the social crossings of
human relations, director Sebastían Silva uses
THE MAI D to question the upstairs-downstairs
dynamics of middle-class Latin America.

Up until its final act, THE MAID plays like a
horror film as it charts Rachel's increasingly
antisocial-if not borderline-psychotic-actions,
born out of bitterness towards the family
to whose wishes her entire personality has
been submerged for more than two decades.
As Raquel, actress Catalina Saavedra gives a
performance of impeccably observed detail,
flawlessly balancing the scripts painful depths
with its elements of passive-aggressive comedy.
Mixing handheld camerawork with static
shots, Silva sustains an impressive degree of
claustrophobic momentum throughout.
LEE BLANCHARD

The Maid poster
Title
The Maid
Director
Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano
Country
Chile, Mexico
Length
95 min
Festival
2009
Section
Latin Visions
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English
Production year
2009
Original title
La nana
Cast
Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Alejandro Goic
Producer
Gregorio González
Script
Sebastinán Silva, Pedro Peirano
Music
Pedro Soubercaseaux

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