You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Live-In Maid

A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her.

With:
With: Norma Aleandro, Norma Argentina, Marcos Mundstock, Raul Panguinao, Susan Aanteri, Claudia Lapaco, Eduardo Rodriguez, Monica Gonzaga, Elsa Berenguer.

A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves little room for surprise, however. Three years after its San Sebastian preem, pic kicks off a two-week run today at Gotham’s Film Forum.

Beba (Norma Aleandro), an alcoholic divorcee, once filled her days with gossipy card parties, but now she is forced to sell her jewelry and peddle cosmetics door to door, all the while promising to pay Dora (Norma Argentina) her back wages. With a heavy heart, Dora bows out after 30 years of service. Beba’s droll machinations to save face and hold onto Dora comically depict the panic of the Argentine middle class. Pic’s real treat is non-pro actress Argentina’s beautiful portrait of Dora, who stoically bears years of humiliation from Beba but is unable to rejoice once the tables are turned.

Live-In Maid

Spain-Argentina

Production: A Film Sales Co. release (in U.S.) of a Filmanova Invest (Spain)/Aquafilms, Libidofilms (Argentina) production. (International sales: Filmanova Invest, Madrid.) Produced by Anton Reixa, Diego Mas Trellis, Veronica Cura. Directed, written by Jorge Gaggero.

Crew: Camera (color), Javier Julia; editor, Guillermo Represa; production designer, Marcela Bazzano. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (Zabaltegi), Sept. 20, 2004. (Also in Sundance Film Festival -- competing; New Directors/New Films.) Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Norma Aleandro, Norma Argentina, Marcos Mundstock, Raul Panguinao, Susan Aanteri, Claudia Lapaco, Eduardo Rodriguez, Monica Gonzaga, Elsa Berenguer.

More Film

  • "Diana," starring Ana Rujas

    Inside Content Nabs International Sales Rights to Montreal Festival Player 'Diana'

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • Sarajevo CineLink Industry Days Embrace Co-Productions,

    Sarajevo's CineLink Industry Days Embrace Co-Productions, Documentaries

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • ‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Movie

    ‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • Mark Wahlberg stars in MILE 22

    Box Office: Mark Wahlberg's 'Mile 22' Picks Up $1 Million on Thursday Night

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • Chile’s Sanfic: 7 Takes on The

    Chile’s Sanfic: 7 Takes on This Year’s Festival

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • Sanfic 2018: Profiles of 10 Shorts

    Sanfic 2018: 10 Shorts to Watch

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

  • Cannes Winner '3 Faces' by Jafar

    Cannes Prizewinner '3 Faces' Bought for U.S. by Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

    A live-in maid leaves the pretentious employer who can no longer pay her in Jorge Gaggero’s well-written first feature, “Live-In Maid.” Taking a different approach to describe the effects of Argentina’s down-sliding economy, pic’s a fairly successful attempt at satire, though given the subject, there’s a lot of darkness under the carpet. The narration leaves […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content