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The Maid -- When Raquel's place in the Valdes family -- for whom she's provided 23 years of maid service -- is threatened after they hire more help, she decides to do something about it.
The Maid -- A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.


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  (in credits order)

Catalina Saavedra ... Raquel

Claudia Celedón ... Pilar
Alejandro Goic ... Mundo
Andrea García-Huidobro ... Camila

Mariana Loyola ... Lucy

Agustín Silva ... Lucas
Darok Orellana ... Tomás
Sebastián La Rivera ... Gabriel
Mercedes Villanueva ... Mercedes

Anita Reeves ... Sonia
Delfina Guzmán ... Abuela
Luis Dubó ... Eric
Luis Muñoz ... Raúl
Andreína Olivarí ... Javiera
Gloria Canales ... Mamá de Lucy
Luis Wigdorsky ... Papá de Lucy
Juan Pablo Larenas ... Rodrigo

Directed by
Sebastián Silva 
Writing credits
Sebastián Silva (story)

Sebastián Silva (writer) and
Pedro Peirano (writer)

Produced by
Gregorio González .... executive producer
Gregorio González .... producer
Issa Guerra .... co-producer
Edgar San Juan .... co-producer
Sebastian Sanchez Amunategui .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Sergio Armstrong 
Film Editing by
Danielle Fillios 
Casting by
Cristina Aburto 
Art Direction by
Pablo González 
Makeup Department
Sonia Caamaño .... hair stylist
Macarena Matte .... makeup artist
Viviana Verges .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mario Ricci .... assistant production manager
Jorge Soto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María José Droguett .... first assistant director
Francesca Francini .... second assistant director
Gabriela Sobarzo .... script supervisor
Art Department
Rodrigo Lepe .... art department assistant
Colomba Rodrigo .... property master
Colomba Rodrigo .... set dresser
Valentina Silva .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Roberto Espinoza .... sound designer
Raúl Sotomayor .... sound recordist
Ernesto Trujillo .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Horacio Chacon .... best boy
Eduardo Contreras .... lighting technician
Gabriel Díaz .... gaffer
Pablo Toro .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolina Norero .... costume assistant
Francisca Román .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Javier Estévez .... colorist
Juan Cristóbal Hurtado .... colorist
Music Department
Ruy García .... music supervisor
Pedro Piedra .... composer: song "Ayayayay"
Transportation Department
Roberto Araya .... production driver
Other crew
Oscar Castro .... runner
Juan Radrigán .... script consultant
Eugenio Ramírez .... production assistant
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"La nana" - Chile (original title)
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95 min | Germany:115 min (European Film Market) | Argentina:115 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Live-in maid, 1 September 2009
Author: jotix100 from New York

Welcome to Raquel's world. She is a maid for an upper middle class family in Santiago, Chile, that has been with them for twenty years of joyless existence. Raquel is a loner showing signs of fatigue as her work never stops. She is up and running the household for Pilar, who certainly appreciates her work, as witnessed at the beginning of the story when she gathers her clan to celebrate Raquel's birthday. Raquel gets along well with all the family members with the exception of the older daughter, who can't explain the animosity she gets from the maid. Part of the problem appears to be the way Raquel perceives the girl to be pretty and full of life, while hers is going away fast. Other than being with this family, she has no life of her own.

Pilar decides to hire someone else to help Raquel with her demanding job. She is still going to be in charge, but that way, Pilar figures, it will give the maid some badly needed rest. Unfortunately, Raquel clashes with two of the prospective would-be-helpers, a young Peruvian girl, and an older woman, who tells Raquel not to love these people too much because they really don't appreciate what she does for the family. In both cases, Raquel ends up locking them out of the house and they get fed up. When Lucy, the third assistant, is hired, she proves to be a perfect foil to Raquel's objections. Lucy is a no-nonsense woman who really sees Raquel for what she; Lucy realizes that under the tough exterior, there is a good person waiting to emerge with the right kind of approach. Soon they end up striking a good working relationship and even traveling for the Christmas holidays to Lucy's parents home in the country.

Sebastian Silva, co-wrote and directed this Chilean film that has proved to be a favorite in the festivals where it has been shown. The film works because Mr. Silva knows well the intricacies of life with a housekeeper, something that in other countries is a rarity. The director had worked with some of the actors in the cast in his first film "La vida me mata". He shoots the film using a lot of close ups that shows plainly the emotions going on with the characters he presents us.

The best thing in the film is Catalina Saavedra, who as Raquel runs away with the picture. She is charismatic and even her mean spirited attitude toward the others can be explained in the way she measures herself against the rest of the family. Claudia Celedon has some good moments as Pilar, the lady of the house. Mariana Oyola is also effective as Lucy, the only one that really understood what the trouble was with Raquel.

An enjoyable film thanks to Mr. Silva and Ms. Saavedra.

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