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La Nana (The Maid) Reviews

March 13, 2014
As played by Catalina Saavedra, she's a guarded, ruthless, but ultimately poignant character, and writer-director Sebastian Silva studies the levers of power inside the little household as if it were the Politburo.
August 26, 2010
Deadpan, handheld technique allows director Sebastián Silva to mine mundane situations for subtle hazard but also to take his story in unexpected directions, initial reticence preserving the potential for surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2010
As unlikable -- and unstable -- as the character is, Saavedra finds a way for the audience to care about Raquel deeply and even to root for her to come out on top with her childish evil plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 15, 2010
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes unsettling, and always engrossing, The Maid is a domestic drama about the gulf that exists at impossibly close quarters between the worlds of upstairs and downstairs, the worlds of employer and household servant,
December 3, 2009
Fun for a while but increasingly tedious...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 3, 2009
It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2009
The Maid is a small film but very sure, and extremely well-acted.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2009
With a few brushstrokes, Sebastian Silva communicates the complicated social and moral dynamic involved in having a live-in maid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 12, 2009
Silva expertly maintains the tension, asking the audience to interpret Raquel's bizarro behavior. His diagnosis is a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
The tension doesn't just derive from wondering where the story's going to go but to which genre this movie even belongs. Are we in a horror film or a humanist drama? Will Raquel burst into tears or break out the knives?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
How discomfiting it is to see a good film from a country that is low on any list of film-producing nations.
November 5, 2009
A deserved prizewinner at Sundance, Saavedra seems to age 25 years and then drop 35 in the space of an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2009
A smart little gem from Chile.
October 23, 2009
The Maid has that particular gift of leaving you off balance in the best possible way, and whenever something like that comes around you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2009
If Luis Buñuel had joined forces with the Dogme 95 movement and moved to modern-day Santiago, Chile, he might have made a movie like The Maid.
October 16, 2009
Just when her Chilean employwers wonder if she's sociopathic, Saavedra suggests that Raquel's behavior is, in fact, perfectly rational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 16, 2009
Silva's script has the ring of truth, not surprising since he based it on real-life experiences. He even shot most of the scenes in his own family's house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2009
The narrative design of The Maid is at once simple and complex.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2009
Silva and Saavedra get across the ennui and irony of a woman who's been working diligently for two decades, only to find that her closest human relationships are with people who hold her job security in their hands.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 14, 2009
Saavedra, in an incredibly vanity-free performance, never shies away from Raquel's darkest edges and still forces us to empathize with the frustrations and stunted loneliness of a life lived in servants' quarters.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2009
Chilean television vet Saavedra goes through one of the most uncanny psychophysical transformations I've ever seen in a movie without the benefit of obvious makeup or other prosthetics.
October 14, 2009
Catalina Saavedra conjures a performance of such unflinching intensity and naked bravery in The Maid that at times it's painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 12, 2009
It's a testament to Saavedra's tough performance that even with a happy ending, you wouldn't want to leave her with your kids.