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The Housemaid (2010)

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Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 26 January 2011 (USA)
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A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.

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Eun-yi Li (as Do-youn Jeon)
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Byung-sik (as Yuh-jung Youn)
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Hae-ra's Mother (as Ji-young Park)
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Eun-yi is a playful young woman, a good match for a job as nanny to a precocious child, Nami, the daughter of a wealthy couple, Hae-ra and Hoon. Hae-ra will soon have twins as well. The majordomo, Mrs. Cho, is the household's cold stone center. Before long, Hoon seduces Eun-yi, and when Mrs. Cho tells Hae-ra's mother about the affair, Eun-yi is up against women with wealth, power, and no conscience. Can Eun-yi maintain her dignity and perhaps even put the family in their place? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When opportunity knocks, answer at your own risk. See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$16,670 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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$148,501 (USA) (25 March 2011)
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An early draft of the screenplay was written by Soo Hyun Kim, but after director Sang-soo Im had edited the script so heavily that Kim considered it to be entirely Im's own work, she decided to leave the project and publicly expressed her dissatisfaction. See more »

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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major
Les Adieux", Op. 81a, 'Adagio' (1st Movement)"
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The housemaid who lost the plot
25 March 2011 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

One evening in a busy city center, a restaurant worker, Eun-yi, witnesses a young woman preparing to throw herself from the upper floor of an apartment block, and the incident leads her to change her way of life. She takes the position of housemaid to a wealthy tycoon, who lives in a luxurious residence with his beautiful pregnant wife, their precocious young daughter and a strict housekeeper. Eun-yi likes the job, but it's soon apparent she and her handsome employer are attracted to one another - and one night he shows up in her room, offers her wine and commands her to pleasure him orally. Later he adds a bonus to her salary, and Eun-yi is not displeased when he returns on a subsequent night to have sex with her. Unfortunately the housekeeper observes them and informs her boss's wife - whereupon the wheels of intrigue are set in motion with a vengeance.

The luminous De-yeon Jeon portrays Eun-yi as a character full of interesting contradictions in an assured, sensitive performance, and the first half of 'The Housemaid' is filmed in a sumptuous style of Korean noir that provides a fine showcase for her acting skills. Each scene is beautifully composed and shot at a measured pace - but as the conspiracies and chicanery accumulate in the second half, the film transforms into Gothic melodrama - until the final moments when it descends into the lurid Grand Guignol of Asia Extreme. It's a disappointing conclusion to a story that had promised far greater substance and sophistication.


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