While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
n New York, the immature family man Leo Vidales is a successful businessman, owner of the Underlandish, a successful website of digital games and married to Dr. Ellen Vidales, a dedicated surgeon of the emergency room of a hospital. They have a daughter, Jackie, who is an intelligent girl that is raised by her nanny, the Filipino Gloria that spends more time with her than Ellen. Gloria has two sons in Philippine that miss her. When Leo need to travel to Singapore with his partner Bob (Tom McCarthy) to sign a millionaire contract with investors, Ellen operates on a boy stabbed in the stomach by his own mother and she feels connected to the boy and rethinks her relationship with Jackie. Meanwhile Leo is bored waiting for the negotiation of Bob with the investors and he decides to travel to Bangkok and lodges in a rustic cottage on the seashore. Leo meets the young prostitute and mother Cookie and he has one night stand with her. Meanwhile, Gloria's ten year-old boy Salvador misses her ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Not really much to say without spoiling it...this drama will leave very strong imprint on your hart and soul. It portrays human struggle and search for the meaning of everything. Suffering and pain from separation - both, long and short term, from people we love and need.
I watched this movie three times over 72 hours, and every time I saw it, I felt like I was watching it for the first time. Story line is well crafted and acting is just superb by all. I could not help but think of a "butterfly effect" in relation to actions of all characters and, even some seemingly small and irrelevant move, will resonate across continents and impact characters' lives. Also, along with a pizza or popcorn, get a box of Kleenex...trust me you will need it.
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