Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Maid (La Nana) (2009)

Director: Sebastián Silva. Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola. 94 min. Rated NC-17. Chile/Mexico. Drama.

A maid in modern-day Chile, for reasons undisclosed, falls into a vicious cycle of despair, after serving her master's family for than twenty years. This prompts the master to find her an assistant (or maybe a replacement?), pushing her even more into the abyss. Until one day a bystander holds onto her for just a few moments, and then leaves her to decide: does she want to keep falling, or does she want to rise again? This engaging movie isn't about the maid - it's about the bystander. Which leads you to ask yourself: Have I ever played that bystander?

(PS: I have no idea why this got an NC-17. It's very much an R.)

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