Set entirely on the posh east end of Long Island (where it was filmed), THE MAID'S ROOM centers around Drina, an attractive, intelligent immigrant who takes a job for the season as live-in maid to the Crawfords, a privileged New York family who maintain a splendid home in the Hamptons. The job could be worse, since Mr. and Mrs. Crawford spend most of their time in the city, but their teenage son, Brandon, who is starting Princeton in the fall, is summering at the beach, and Drina must look after him and his spoiled friends. Since the maid's room is next to the garage, Drina can't help noticing when Brandon returns late one night, noisily and obviously drunk. The next day, she sees that Brandon's car is battered and bloodied and, when she reads in the local paper that there has been a fatal hit and run, it's clear who's responsible. Knowing the Crawford's will do anything to protect their precious son, Drina realizes that, for once, she has some power over her employers. Though the ...Written by
A surprisingly decent little psychological thriller.
"The Maid's Room" is a surprisingly decent little psychological thriller that came and went without anyone noticing. The maid in question is Drina whose knowledge of a crime forces her employers to take rather drastic action to prevent her from going to the police. It's stylishly made and at one point seems to be paying something of a homage to Mr Hitchcock and there's a good performance by that fine and underused actress Annabella Sciora as the mother who will go to any lengths to protect her son though, unfortunately, her part is never really developed. If the plot's a tad on the thin side, at least it feels original and it's better than the critics suggested. In fact, 50 years or so ago this would have been a B-movie and we would be singing its praises for being so much better than other B-movies of the period.
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