Live-In Maid (2007)



Critic Consensus: Live-In Maid is an insightful character piece with standout performances and a poignant slice of Argentina life.

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Dora is the maid of Mrs. Beba and has worked and lived with her for 35 years. Beba used to be a well-to-do socialite but successive economic and personal crises have worn her out, reducing her to a purveyor of decadence. Nowadays she finds herself forced to sell door-to-door beauty products. Her thick gold earrings, and her maid, Dora, are the last bastions of a lifestyle of which she refuses to let go. Dora came at 17 from the Chaco province to work as a full time maid at Beba's apartment. Since then she has managed to start building a house in one of the shantytowns outside Buenos Aires. However, she is unable to complete the construction of her own house because Beba owes Dora six months of salary. Dora, tired of listening to Beba's promises of payment, is now determined to resign. Beba asks her for more time to get the money together. Dora accepts. During this period Beba tries to mine the confidence of Dora, discouraging her not to venture into a new phase of her life.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

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… | October 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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[A] simply told, but emotionally robust movie.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Boston Globe
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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… | October 18, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Washington Post
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Live-In Maid is a modest chamber piece enriched by its affecting human harmonies and overtones.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Wall Street Journal
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Audience Reviews for Live-In Maid

Poignant and masterful, Live-In Maid is an involving unorthodox presentation of the averse relationship, more appropriately, friendship, of an imperious bourgeois and a taciturn domestic attendant. Emotionally complex and ambiguous, Live-In Maid is transcendental of social class, precisely aware of the situation and disposition of the bourgeoisie in the times of economic recession and profoundly acquainted with the vicissitudes and realities of life. Emphatic.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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A well crafted film study of declining social status and precarious friendships. Understated and subtle but brilliantly presented.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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a good script - two good actors - and a good director to put it all together - makes a very good film

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

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