The Housemaid
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Eun-yi is an innocent young woman who is hired as an upper class family housemaid, and is tasked to take care of the family's small daughter and her pregnant mother, Hae-ra. Byung-sik is an older housemaid who has been with this family for a long time and holds many secrets. But soon enough, the master of the house, Hoon, takes advantage of his social position by slipping into the new housemaid's bed. Hoon's visits become frequent and Byung-sik reports the affair to Hae-ra's mother Mi-hee, who plots to give Hae-ra the control over her husband. Soon Eun-yi becomes pregnant by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"The situation continues to fester, the balance of power shifts back and forth among some wonderfully defined characters."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Writer-director Im Sang-Soo injects a certain sense of otherworldliness in the proceedings -- the final scene is straight from David Lynchland --- which may not make things mesmerizing, but does deliver a consistently odd angle."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Quick to show its characters' skin but less inclined to explore what lies beneath it."
‑ Michael Nordine, Film Threat
"Exudes a surreal sense of deranged domestic privilege."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Evil seems to lurk in every shadowy corner and the director's choice of a primarily brown palette imposes a layer of foreboding over even the most apparently innocent of scenes."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
""The Housemaid" scores on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"With the honourable exception of a film-saving Byung-sik, the characters are too unpleasant and two-dimensional to keep it together."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid either doesn't know what it wants to be, or is trying to be too many things at once. Few films can claim to be over-ambitious and half-hearted at the same time, but there you go."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The Housemaid isn't all that deep, but it's consistent fun, on the cusp between art and softcore nonsense."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The movie kowtows to the old truism that the rich are different - but it does it with a sardonic smile."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""The Housemaid" glitters coldly, with its marble surfaces and scheming eyes, as it builds to its dramatic, unexpected climax."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...an echo of the 1960 film perhaps, but it's an echo that has been compressed and processed, run through the stomp box that is director Im Sang-soo's imagination."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Can't touch the original's spiraling perversity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"You can grin all the way through, but the satisfaction turns to ashes by the end."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
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