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Maids (2001)

Domésticas (original title)
Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other, ride busses, work, and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Cláudia Missura ...
Railde / Raimunda
Graziella Moretto ...
Roxane (as Graziela Moretto)
Lena Roque ...
Créo
Olivia Araújo ...
Quitéria
Renata Melo ...
Cida
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Jailto
Tiago Moraes ...
Gilvan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Assunção ...
Cleusa
Gero Camilo ...
Vlaudiney
Bibba Chuqui ...
Bibba
Jo Columbo
Eduardo Estrela ...
Antônio
Georgette Fadel ...
Georgette (as Georgetta Fadel)
Roberta Garcia ...
Kelly
Patricia Gaspar ...
Patrícia
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Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other, ride busses, work, and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost daughter, Roxane for a career in modeling. Quitéria is naive, a gull for thieves. Cida has a husband and also a lover. While each woman gets what she wishes for (more or less), it doesn't always make things better. As Roxane says, no child sets out to become a maid. But once there, are all other doors closed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Domesticas - Dienstmädchen  »

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A Humane Comedy about the Lives and Dreams of Brazilian Housemaids
1 March 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Domésticas" is a funny, yet loving look at the daily lives of a group of Brazilian housemaids: their dreams, sorrows and joys. Based on a stage play, the movie has lots of monologues towards the watcher but, trust me, they're never boring. The ensemble acting is very good.

This "little" film directed by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God", "The Constant Gardener") and Nando Olival, is witty and light-hearted enough to make you feel good for 1 ½ hour. It doesn't try to show the housemaids as clowns, but as normal, decent human beings in their hard, overlooked profession.

My vote is 8.


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