The Maid (2009) - Comedy, Drama

Hohum Score

27

Watchable

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Sebastián Silva
Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 28 found boring (17.85%)

One-line Reviews (18)

The story is slow and plain, no big conflict, twist or what ever.

The pleasure of the unexpected .

Impeccable cinema is too often predictable and boring.

Intimate,funny and unpredictable.

The Maid is one of two raw, exciting films I have seen from the nation of Chile in recent years; the other being Pablo Larraín's Tony Manero, itself a bruised, stripped down and really rather spirited drama with a mock-hand held aesthetic complimenting that pent-up and rather angry feeling prominent therein.

The next prospect, an older, tougher woman is more difficult to intimidate, but the maid in charge manages to also make life unbearable for her and she gives up and leaves.

I just saw this at the Sydney Film Festival and enjoyed it very much.

Riveting performance in an intriguing film .

Since this is a realistic portrayal of Chilean family life, we found it fascinating to watch.

Silva's film is one all about those on the fringes; those outside of a predominant clique, the film fully embracing that notion by zeroing in on those whom are usually placed to the side in what is a highly engaging and quite terrific piece going on to document what is an important chapter in the life of this woman.

Sad, funny, charming and unpredictable.

It's small, limited in its setting, and it has a slightly predictable inevitability.

Also the story treat the maid/bosses dynamic in a very cliché way, as the characters are also a cliché representation of social stereotypes in Chilean culture.

over valued, slow and poor photography .

I left the theater a little puzzled by the ending.

Whether American audiences can stick with the modest goals that Sebastián Silva sets up is questionable, but the charm he finds in such a bleak situation is rare and always enjoyable.

An enjoyable film thanks to Mr. Silva and Ms. Saavedra.

This isn't a sombre melodrama after all but a real feel-good flick, all the more pleasurable for this unexpected turn.