This hilarious comedy tells the story of Toña and Paquita, the housekeepers for the aristocratic González-Dubois family. These domestic employees have been mistreated for quite some time ... See full summary »


Abner Benaim
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Credited cast:
Francisco Gattorno ... Fernando
Isabella Santodomingo Isabella Santodomingo ... Gloria
Aida Morales Aida Morales ... Paquita
Rosa Isabel Lorenzo Rosa Isabel Lorenzo ... Toña
Maria Alejandra Palacios Maria Alejandra Palacios ... Marivi
Maria Cristina Palacios Maria Cristina Palacios ... Marite
Juan David Valdez Lauri Juan David Valdez Lauri ... Daniel
Yiniva Cardenas Yiniva Cardenas ... Secretaria
Juanxo Villaverde ... Marivi's boyfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diego De Obaldía ... Novio de Marite
Roberto Durán Roberto Durán ... Jugador de Domino
Luis Antonio Gotti Luis Antonio Gotti ... Cirujano Plastico (as Lucho Gotti)
Malcolm Ramos Malcolm Ramos ... Locutor Loteria
Rolando Sterling Rolando Sterling ... Asesor Fernando


This hilarious comedy tells the story of Toña and Paquita, the housekeepers for the aristocratic González-Dubois family. These domestic employees have been mistreated for quite some time and they are tired of their situation. So when the family plans a shopping trip to Miami, the maids have a plan of their own; to take control of the mansion. Unexpectedly, they will also discover a family secret. Written by Chicago Latino Film Festival

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Paquita: Nothing like a good chocho before going to bed... Get one for yourself, missus... Sit down... See how you can be kind to the servants?
Gloria: Cheers.
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Light-hearted Dark Comedy
22 April 2011 | by ixthvsSee all my reviews

For me, this beguiling Panamanian comedy proved to be the crown jewel of a week of screenings at the Nashville film Festival. Abner Benaim, in his first commercial feature, has produced a no-holds-barred farce that is delightfully specific in its evocation of place and universally familiar in its socio-political relevance. He masterfully pushes our tolerance of what is comically acceptable with alternate uses for metal meat tenderizers and loaded weapons in the hands of children. The uncomfortable hilarity of these concrete moments is a justifiable exposition of the dark consequences of social inequity, venality and greed -- evils that know no national borders or half-life. Along with this universality of theme, the film's sophisticated production values, achieved on a budget that in Hollywood would barely cover craft services, could certainly allow this off-shore sub-titled project to succeed financially in northern hemisphere markets. Much of the film's quality must be credited to its fine cast. Aida Morales, with noble poignancy, and Rosa Isabel Lorenzo, apparently in her sole cinematic role, give brazen, perfectly tuned performances as the long-suffering servants in a corrupt politician's household. These besieged characters grab the horns of their dilemma and do not let go until success is achieved. And in very satisfying style, their menacingly wild choice manages to churn up providential outcomes for everyone. I hope this delicious morality tale gets the distributor it so greatly deserves.

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (Panama) See more »

Also Known As:

Hatalomátvétel See more »

Filming Locations:

Panama City, Panama


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Apertura Films, Rio Negro See more »
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1.85 : 1
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