A sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always engrossing mixture of psychodrama and social satire featuring an award winning performance from it’s lead actress.
The Maid (La Nana) is a 2009 comedy-drama film, directed by Sebastián Silva and starring Catalina Saavedra, Mariana Loyola and Claudia Celedón.
The story centres on Raquel (Saavedra), a woman who works as a maid for a well-to-do Chilean family. She’s been working in the household for so long that she’s come to think of herself as part of the family.
Years of hard work have begun to take their toll on Raquel, and her employer Mundo (Alejandro Goic) decides that she could use some help.
He hires a young au pair to assist her, but Raquel treats the girl badly until she quits.
Unaware of Raquel’s lack of enthusiasm for other help to enter the house, Mundo decides to hire an older, more experienced women instead. She’s not as easy to push around, and it’s not long before the two women are locked in a fierce battle of wills…
Catalina Saavedra is mesmerising as she shifts from subservient to scheming, delivering a devastating performance that has won her several awards.
The Maid is an exceptional study of the emotional investment that domestic help make in the families they serve. It has an unusual combination of gripping psychological thriller, and poignant human drama.
The film has received much critical acclaim, and went on to win numerous awards since its premiere at the 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival.
Watch the official trailer for The Maid HERE: