Live-In Maid Reviews

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Louis Proyect
December 14, 2007
Incisive study of class relationships between a pauperized would-be aristocratic woman and the maid who is increasingly ready to break free.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2007
Live-in Maid is a study of two women who appear not to like each other very much, yet their link makes for a moving drama about friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 19, 2007
[A] simply told, but emotionally robust movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2007
It paints a lovely, intimate portrait of a complex relationship and shows a side of Latin American life we rarely see on American screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 14, 2007
From the rooms and spaces which house the two women to the slow unraveling of their history together, Live In Maid is a wonder of economic storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 24, 2007
As a character study it carries a quiet, almost serene dramatic power as well as a strong current of dark humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 21, 2007
If you care about the art of movie acting, run to the Charles to see Norma Aleandro bring tragicomic stature to the role of a haute bourgeois Buenos Aires woman fallen on hard times in Live-In Maid.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 20, 2007
A vivid portrait of a society in the midst of wrenching change, but it transcends its immediate context to become a thoughtful, even unforgettable, chamber piece, performed with exquisite subtlety by two fine actresses.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 15, 2007
Writer/director Jorge Gagggero has made a sensitive and lovely portrayal of two women.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2007
It's a small movie but a smartly detailed one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 8, 2007
Gaggero not only draws out such nuances from the two women but illustrates the complexities of their friendship with carefully constructed cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2007
Live-In Maid is a modest chamber piece enriched by its affecting human harmonies and overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2007
Even if I knew how things turned out in Live-In Maid, a fine Argentinean film with English subtitles, I wouldn't give away the ending.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 10, 2007
Live-in Maid is a fascinating directorial exercise in observing characters whose long history together is coming to an end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 9, 2007
Gaggero keeps his focus on the two women who, in order to survive, discover they must drop the facade of class and act upon their 30-year relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 21, 2007
Writer-director Gaggero shoots for a kind of docu-realism, with a few overtly cinematic interludes, like one well-paced split-screen sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
July 21, 2007
Dora and Beba both seem like real people, independent women who struggle to hide how dependent they really are.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film Threat
July 21, 2007
An unexpectly affectionate study of friendship between two very different Argentinian women who come from two different social classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 20, 2007
The economic and social crisis that rocked Buenos Aires is only obliquely referred to, but in the character of Beba -- so beautifully played by the great Norma Aleandro -- we see the image of Argentina: a dignified beauty laid low by economic catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 20, 2007
They [Aleandro and Argentina] take what could be clichéd characters and turn them into living, breathing people that viewers can care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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