The Maid (2009) As Raquel, the housekeeper for an affluent Chilean family for 23 of her drab 41 years, Catalina Saavedra conjures a performance of such unflinching intensity… 2009-10-16 Unrated PT94M Drama Foreign Language Catalina Saavedra Claudia Celedon
Movie Review

The Maid (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
The Maid | GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Catalina Saavedra prays for strength in The Maid
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Catalina Saavedra prays for strength in The Maid
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Oct 16, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 94 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Catalina Saavedra

As Raquel, the housekeeper for an affluent Chilean family for 23 of her drab 41 years, Catalina Saavedra conjures a performance of such unflinching intensity and naked bravery in The Maid that at times it's painful to watch. Raquel's devotion to her employer is barbed with hatred, need, and an insecurity she manifests through constant tiny acts of sabotage that would be funny if they weren't also so chilling — bordering on psychotic. (No kitties were harmed in the making of the film, but let's just say a new pet gets a cool reception.) She's a woman on the verge, but never over-the-top. A–

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Originally posted Oct 14, 2009 Published in issue #1072 Oct 23, 2009 Order article reprints