La Nana (The Maid)
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A woman feels she must fight to hold on to her place in the household where she's been a servant for much of her life in this drama from writer and director Sebastian Silva. Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) works as a maid for a well-to-do Chilean family, and has been with the household so long that she's come to think of herself as part of the family. However, Raquel is also aware of the distance between herself and her employers, and though she's fiercely devoted to Mundo Valdes (Alejandro Goic), his wife, Pilar (Claudia Celedón), and their son, Lucas (Agustín Silva), she finds herself… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As played by Catalina Saavedra, she's a guarded, ruthless, but ultimately poignant character, and writer-director Sebastian Silva studies the levers of power inside the little household as if it were the Politburo."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes unsettling, and always engrossing, The Maid is a domestic drama about the gulf that exists at impossibly close quarters between the worlds of upstairs and downstairs, the worlds of employer and household servant,"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The Maid is a film that defies expectations; expect to feel ashamed of yourself."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Sits compellingly between genres."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Sebastián Silva's second feature is an exceptional study of the emotional investment that domestics make in the families they serve."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Deadpan, handheld technique allows director Sebastián Silva to mine mundane situations for subtle hazard but also to take his story in unexpected directions, initial reticence preserving the potential for surprise."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Fun for a while but increasingly tedious..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Beware the psycho servant in Chilean Upstairs/Downstairs tale!"
‑ Don Groves,
"Sebastian Silva's film is very finely decorated by Catalina Saavedra's loyal but self-destructive servant."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Sebastián Silva's film is an unexpected combination: a gripping psychological thriller, and also a poignant human drama."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"As unlikable -- and unstable -- as the character is, Saavedra finds a way for the audience to care about Raquel deeply and even to root for her to come out on top with her childish evil plots."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"What might have been a condescending social-issue drama about oppressed servants or a shrill send-up of the ruling class instead becomes a carefully etched character study."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"A perceptive, empathetic character piece."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"An extremely sharp portrayal of a complex family and individual dynamic."
‑ Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies
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