The Chambermaid

Lila Avilés (2019)

Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez Rated 15 Run time 102 mins

Eve works long and unsociable hours as a chambermaid at the upmarket Hotel Presidente in Mexico City. She rarely sees her small child, snatching brief phone calls with a child-minder during breaks. Maybe hard-working Eve will be promoted to one of the higher floors, or perhaps be given a desirable article of lost property. She functions in a separate world from the hotel guests most of whom treat her as invisible. Nevertheless she does interact with some of them in different ways and gradually builds in self-confidence.

99% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.1 – IMDB

“This wry, delicately austere debut from Mexican theatre director Lila Avilés goes one step further. To quote a famous TV sitcom line: “I don’t speak maid.” With Avilés’s help, we’re taught a new language.”

“An eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about 21st-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it.”

Film review: A ghost in the luxurious lives of others – The Guardian