The Chambermaid (La camarista) Reviews

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July 25, 2019
Lila Avilés, making a remarkable feature debut, brings us a study of work that has an exacting purity.
July 25, 2019
It's a fabulous piece of cinema.
July 24, 2019
An eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about 21st-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it.
July 24, 2019
Avilés's disconcerting film takes us from the starched suites to the service lifts, laundries and back corridors hidden from view.
July 22, 2019
A film that marks out actor, theatre director and documentary maker Avilés as a talent to watch.
July 22, 2019
Maybe lacks for a killer blow, but Avilés and star Gabriela Cartol are worth keeping an eye on.
July 22, 2019
Slice-of-life film about a young maid at a luxury hotel coping with and rising above the messiness of her work life.
July 15, 2019
The ins and outs of hotel work take on an uncanny resonance in Lila Avilés's The Chambermaid, a precisely scaled debut feature showcasing the writer/director's natural filmmaking talents from the jump.
July 8, 2019
The Chambermaid operates as a subtle study of inequality, but what emerges before our eyes is a character study free of pretense.
July 6, 2019
Lila Avilés' debut feature takes us behind the scenes in a tribute to the service industry with an exquisite performance by Gabriela Cartol.
July 5, 2019
"The Chambermaid" is empathy cinema but hardly miserablist in its shape.
July 5, 2019
The title character is humble and unassuming, just like this low-budget Mexican drama that nevertheless has plenty to say beneath the surface.
July 5, 2019
[O]ver the course of The Chambermaid, Avilés creates a fascinating world ... out of the behind-the-scenes operations of the hotel.
June 28, 2019
[An] incredibly patient and empathetic film...
June 28, 2019
These moments have a political resonance, but no obvious message. The Chambermaid stays away from a facile, conservative version of humanism, where a filmmaker serves up poor people's lives for a middle-class arthouse audience to pity.
June 27, 2019
The Chambermaid is a story of idealism centered on a character who is stuck in perpetual limbo. It's easy to root for someone like [her] because deep down, we sense that if she can survive the demanding nature of her work, we can, too.
June 27, 2019
As formally sound and rich as The Chambermaid is, Eve's precariousness is the real, political heart of the movie.
June 26, 2019
Measured in its pacing but never stagnant, The Chambermaid quietly fleshes out Eve's subconscious with actions rather than words.
June 26, 2019
A meditative, quietly powerful and engrossing slice-of-life.
June 26, 2019
A painfully astute observational drama.
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