Live-in Maid (Cama adentro)
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A once-wealthy Buenos Aires socialite who has fallen on hard times finds the roles between herself and her longtime live-in maid suddenly reversed in director Jorge Gaggero's class-conscious drama. Mrs. Beba is a 58-year-old woman whose days as a well-to-do socialite have long since passed, and Dora is the 51-year-old housekeeper who has been Mrs. Beba's live-in housekeeper for 35 years. As a successive cycle of personal and financial crises force Mrs. Beba to sell door-to-door beauty products as a way of making ends meet, she finds it increasingly difficult to pay her employee in a… More

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"Live-in Maid is a study of two women who appear not to like each other very much, yet their link makes for a moving drama about friendship."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Incisive study of class relationships between a pauperized would-be aristocratic woman and the maid who is increasingly ready to break free."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"If you care about the art of movie acting, run to the Charles to see Norma Aleandro bring tragicomic stature to the role of a haute bourgeois Buenos Aires woman fallen on hard times in Live-In Maid."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Gaggero not only draws out such nuances from the two women but illustrates the complexities of their friendship with carefully constructed cinematography."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"[A] simply told, but emotionally robust movie."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Live-In Maid is a modest chamber piece enriched by its affecting human harmonies and overtones."
‑ Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
"From the rooms and spaces which house the two women to the slow unraveling of their history together, Live In Maid is a wonder of economic storytelling."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Writer/director Jorge Gagggero has made a sensitive and lovely portrayal of two women."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Gaggero keeps his focus on the two women who, in order to survive, discover they must drop the facade of class and act upon their 30-year relationship."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It paints a lovely, intimate portrait of a complex relationship and shows a side of Latin American life we rarely see on American screens."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Even if I knew how things turned out in Live-In Maid, a fine Argentinean film with English subtitles, I wouldn't give away the ending."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"As a character study it carries a quiet, almost serene dramatic power as well as a strong current of dark humor."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's a small movie but a smartly detailed one."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Dora and Beba both seem like real people, independent women who struggle to hide how dependent they really are."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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