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