DirectorSebastian Silva Music directorPedro Soubercaseaux CountryChile
Release dateAugust 13, 2009 (2009-08-13) WriterSebastian Silva (story), Sebastian Silva, Pedro Peirano ScreenplaySebastian Silva, Pedro Peirano CastCatalina Saavedra (Raquel), Claudia Celedón (Pilar), Andrea García-Huidobro (Camila), Mariana Loyola (Lucy), Alejandro Goic (Mundo) Similar moviesBill Hicks: Relentless, Bill Hicks: Bill Loses it in Chicago, Bill Hicks: Igby's, LA, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-up Comedian, George Carlin: Back in Town, Death and the Maiden
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The Maid (Spanish: La Nana) is a 2009 comedy-drama film, directed by Sebastián Silva and co-written by Silva and Pedro Peirano. It has won numerous awards since its premiere at the 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival. The film has had much critical acclaim, particularly for Catalina Saavedra's award-winning performance as the lead character.
Raquel (Saavedra) has served as the maid for the Valdes family for over 23 years. She treats her employers, Pilar (Celedón) and Edmundo (Goic) with the utmost loyalty and respect. She gets along well with their teenage son, Lucas (Agustín Silva) but clashes with their headstrong daughter, Camila (García-Huidobro). When Raquel begins to suffer dizzy spells, due to an excessive use of chlorine for household cleaning, Pilar decides to hire additional maids to assist Raquel in her daily chores. The fiercely territorial Raquel resents this and engages in a series of increasingly desperate attempts to drive away maid after maid, including the younger Lucy (Loyola), in order to maintain her position in the household.
Catalina Saavedra as Raquel
Claudia Celedón as Pilar
Alejandro Goic as Edmundo
Mariana Loyola as Lucy
Agustín Silva as Lucas
Andrea García-Huidobro as Camila
Anita Reeves as Sonia
Delfina Guzmán as The Grandmother
The critics' response has been very positive. According to the National Board of Review, The Maid was one of 2009's five best Best Foreign-Language Films; also, it was nominated for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards consideration honoring 2009 achievements for the same category, and "AyAyAyAy" (the film's main theme song) was one of the 63 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards. Film critic David Parkinson called it "an exceptional study of the emotional investment that domestics make in the families they serve. Saavedra is mesmerizing as she shifts from subservient to scheming." Despite the film's great success, the film wasn't chosen as Chile's submission to the 82nd Academy Awards. Instead, Miguel Littin's Dawson Isla 10 was sent, but the film didn't make the short-list.
Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert described the film as a "unpredictable, naturalistic gem."
The film currently holds a 94% approval on the film critics' site Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes wrote of the critics' consensus, "Catalina Saavedra's devastating performance would be reason enough to see The Maid but Sebastian Silva's empathetic direction and finely tuned script only add to the movie's pleasing heft."