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The Maid

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Original title
La nana (The Maid)
Running time
95 min.
Chile Chile
Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano
Sergio Armstrong
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Co-production Chile-Mexico; Forastero / Tiburón Filmes / Punto Guión Punto Producciones / Diroriro
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama
Synopsis / Plot
After 23 years of service to the Valdes family, Raquel is comfortably ensconced in a vague existence between maid and her illusion that she is a family member. Her barely concealed bitterness and increased clashes with her employer's eldest daughter lead the family to think she is overworked. They hire more help, and, feeling usurped, Raquel begins to sabotage each new employee by resorting to childish antics, clinging to her ambiguous place within the family. In his remarkably astute second feature, Sebastian Silva questions, without bias, a dusty remnant of class division—the common, Latin American, aristocratic tradition of serfdom. Within this complex dynamic, we are privy to the inner workings of a well-intentioned family's relationship with their servant—however endearingly the word is used. Silva wields his handheld camera like a magnifying glass, revealing Raquel’s fenced-in fragility, and watching her evolve is truly touching. Astonishing in its intimacy, the film wrings awkward humor from the alienated Raquel's mind games. Only Lucy, last in the line of new maids, is able to nudge Raquel gently toward the momentous kick-start needed to rediscover herself.Sebastian Silva's hungry curiosity to examine the intersection of social and personal forces produces a painful, yet satisfying, comedic drama that shakes up and humanizes an insidious system.
2009: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
2009: Sundance Film Festival: Winner Jury Prize World Cinema
2009: Satellite Awards: Best Foreigne Language Film (ex aequo)
2009: Colón of Oro from Festival Iberoamericano of Huelva for Best Movie
2009: Ariel Awards: Nominated for Best Latin-American Film
2009: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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