The Housemaid Add To My Top 10

Lurid Marxism

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Release Date: January 21, 2011

Starring: Do-youn Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee, Yuh-jung Youn, Woo Seo, Ji-young Park, Seo-hyun Ahn, Jung-min Hwang

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 106 minutes

Distributor: IFC Films/Rainbow Media

Director: Sang-Soo Im

Executive Producer: N/A

Producer: Jason Chae

Writer: Sang-Soo Im

Address Comments To:

Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC (Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500
Website: www.rainbow-media.com

Content:

(HHH, CoCoCo, Ho, LL, VV, SSS, NN, AA, D, MM) Very strong humanist, communist worldview about how the evil rich take advantage of the poor, plus implied homosexuality; 17 obscenities (including three “f” words) and three light profanities; strong intense violence includes two suicide hangings, woman falls down tall hallway near staircase after ladder gives way, character burns to death, pregnant woman has bloody discharge in bath, and attempted murder; very strong sexual content includes explicit adulterous fornication, explicit oral sex, explicit married sex, and two young women lie in bed together, implying a relationship; shots of upper female and male nudity, shot of rear male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, jealousy, envy, revenge, lying, blackmail.

Summary:

THE HOUSEMAID is a suspense thriller from South Korea about a young woman comes to work for a rich family, and falls in lust with the husband, who starts taking advantage of the situation. THE HOUSEMAID is a lurid tale with abhorrent lewd content, a very depressing ending and a Marxist humanist worldview.

Review:

THE HOUSEMAID is a suspense thriller from South Korea. It’s stylishly shot, but it tells a lurid, depressing, graphic tale about a rich man taking advantage of the poor young nanny his pregnant wife has hired to take care of her and her daughter.

The movie opens with the young woman, Eun-Yi, and her female companion hearing about the suicide of another young woman near the restaurant where they work. Eun-Yi then gets a job with Mr. and Mrs. Goh, taking care of the wife, who’s pregnant with twins, and her daughter, Nami.

Eun-Yi get along very well with Nami, so she loves her job, but she falls in lust with the husband, who starts taking advantage of the situation. Despite her feelings, there’s an element of exploitation in the relationship.

Everything begins to go wrong, however, when the older cook, who has been with the family for more than 20 years, tells the mother-in-law about the illicit affair. The cook suspects Eun-Yi is pregnant. The mother-in-law tries to kill Eun-Yi by tripping her while she’s on a ladder cleaning the stairway chandelier. Miraculously, Eun-Yi survives the fall, but the doctors discover she really is pregnant.

THE HOUSEMAID is a lurid tale with lewd content and a very depressing ending. There is some comedy to ease the tension. Obviously, the movie has a Marxist humanist worldview. It’s main theme is how rich people mistreat their servants and the lower classes. Thus, class warfare seems to be the central, ultimate point. A side issue is how this evil affects the daughter of the rich couple.

In Brief:

THE HOUSEMAID is a suspense thriller from South Korea. A young woman comes to work for a rich family, taking care of the young wife, who’s pregnant with twins, and her daughter. The new nanny falls in lust with the husband, who starts taking advantage of the situation. Despite her feelings, there’s an element of exploitation in the relationship. Everything begins to go wrong, however, when the older cook, who has been with the family for more than 20 years, tells the mother-in-law about the illicit affair. The mother-in-law tries to kill the nanny by tripping her while she’s on a ladder cleaning the stairway chandelier. Miraculously, the nanny survives the fall, but the doctors discover she’s pregnant.

THE HOUSEMAID is a lurid tale with lewd content and a very depressing ending. There is some comedy to ease the tension. The movie clearly has a Marxist humanist worldview. Its main theme is how rich people mistreat their servants and the lower classes. Thus, class warfare seems to be the central, ultimate point. A side issue is how this evil affects the rich couple’s daughter. The movie’s explicit scenes are also abhorrent.