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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.
(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.
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.
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