La Nana (The Maid)
La Nana (The Maid) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Catalina Saavedra's devastating performance would be reason enough to see The Maid, but Sebastian Silva's empathetic direction and finely tuned script only add to the movie's pleasing heft.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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,

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The Maid is lovely film, thoughtful, intelligent and deeply human. As a portrait of one individual struggling with the socio-economic forces that define her role and relationships, it very gently takes apart the forces that disallow equality.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Fun for a while but increasingly tedious...

Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

The Maid is a film that defies expectations; expect to feel ashamed of yourself.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.

Don Groves

Beware the psycho servant in Chilean Upstairs/Downstairs tale!

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Rico Zamora
I loved this satirical look at the class system in Latin-American culture (in this instance: Chile)! But, under the surface of an obvious social commentary lies… More
William Dunmyer
"The Maid" is a modest, low-budget Chilean film from a relatively unknown writer/director, Sebastian Silva. It is a character study of a lonely,… More
Walter M.
"The Maid" is an incisive character study that is almost bookended by a pair of birthday celebrations, the first one for Raquel(Catalina Saavedra),… More