The Housemaid Reviews
Whatever your first impression of the title of this movie is wrong. This is a tragic drama of course revolving around a housemaid. It is again another fine piece of work from the Korean cinema. The theme is around one of the classic human-relationship problems.
The movies has excellent performances all around and benefits from actors such as Lee Jung-Jae (New World) and Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine). Character building is quite adequate with Hae-ra's mom shaping up very quickly. Eun-yi's (Jeon Do-yeon) character get more expressive progressively. I must say the most interesting and most complex character is that of the butlress and Yeo-jeong Yoon does a fine job of acting them at each turn.
The score of the movie is an originnal pieces of classical-style and deserves appreciation as such. This is one of the many things that Koreans have mastered so well.
You'll love the cinmetagrophy as well however I found that some of the shots (tracking, hi-angled) were unnecessary. The score, the acting and the plot carry the movie forward so powerfully that nothing else seems to be needed. The settings and the snowey grounds definitely helped.
To me the movie or the story seemed to have another hidden conclusion. And that is the messge of inevitability in life. At times and under circumstances a few steps can seal your fate forever. You can fight to change this slightly but you can change the direction of where the life is taking you.
Overall if you like dramas I strongly recommend this well-executed movie.