The Maid (2009)

The Maid was released on DVD on June 22, 2010
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Storyline:

Sebastián Silva’s closely observed character study centers on Raquel (Catalina Saavedra, tight-lipped and wild-eyed), who has served the same Santiago-based family for 23 years. When she turns 41, they throw her a party, but Raquel would prefer to work. Estranged from her relatives and plagued by crippling headaches, she relishes the feeling of control, though her teddy bear collection betrays a stunted adolescence. Further, she can no longer stand assertive 19-year-old Camila (Andrea García-Huidobro), who resents her surly attitude. Raquel favors the flirtatious Lucas (Agustín Silva, the director’s younger brother), an amateur magician. She reports to their mother, Pilar (Claudia Celedón), whose husband, Mundo (Alejandro Goic), builds model ships in his spare time. To reduce her burden, Pilar hires a pair of supplemental workers, but the increasingly insecure maid drives them away. Though the Valdes clan values her efforts, Silva suggests that she’s either burnt out, sexually frustrated, suffering from exposure to toxic chemicals, or struggling with an undiagnosed condition–possibly a combination of problems. As she starts to push even Lucas and Pilar away, the filmmaker dares viewers to identify with this fiercely territorial creature until Mariana Loyola’s warm-hearted Lucy steps in, forcing the maid to move on or to relinquish some of her control. Throughout, Saavedra gives an admirably vanity-free performance, unafraid to show Raquel at her most unlikable, unattractive, and unintentionally amusing–which just makes her rare smiles all the more precious. Extra features include a photo gallery, a featurette, and page-to-screen storyboards.

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On DVD:

US DVD Release Date June 22, 2010
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
Australia DVD Release Date AU - Not announced

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Complete Movie Details

Run time 94 Minutes
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date June 22, 2010
Actors Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Andrea García-Huidobro, Alejandro Goic, Mariana Loyola, Agustín Silva
Directed by Sebastián Silva
Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
MPAA Not-Rated
Gross $549,530
Genre(s) Drama
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