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The Maid

Gripping social and domestic low key drama

(Edit) 01/06/2020

This is the third film I have seen about domestic servants in central and south America! Another is Roma. I have forgotten the name of the third. Powerful performance from Catalina Saavedra as the maid, but all the cast are strong. The themes include social and economic inequality, obsessive attitudes to work, (temporary) mental illness, the importance of achieving a balance in life, and the healing powers of humour, friendship and kindness. That list makes the film seem excessively serious and worthy but it's all in the context of an attractive setting within a privileged but hard-working and well-meaning middle-class family. The plot held my attention because, as the previous review says, one never knows what will happen next, and whether the end will be happy or tragic.

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