The Housemaid

The Housemaid

           The Housemaid
               Genre: Thriller
               Remake, revenge, affair, pregnancy, housekeeper, poison, Cannes 2010
  After almost documentary and rather bewildering beginning, which depicts in fragmented images of life in a wholesale market and the suicide of a young woman peels peels out of these snapshots flittingly a remarkably simple and straight story because of its sophisticated aesthetic on the whole time the film captivate can: Eun-yi (Jeon Do-yeon), a young woman with Anivers heart is, from the much older housekeeper Byung-sik (Youn Yuh-Jung), the entrepreneur Hoon (Jung-Jae Lee) as house- and a nanny for his daughter Nami (Ahn Seo-hyun) and the two are still in the womb contained twins is hired. As the expectant mother due to her advanced pregnancy, the (sexual) desires give her wealthy husband’s had enough, that seduces the innocent servant girl and impregnated her promptly. Since in the household of the operator not the watchful eyes Byung-hidden sik remains suspect that the mishap of the maid faster than Eun-yi itself and hinterträgt the delicate matter of her mistress Hae-ra (and their scheming mother Mi-hee (Park Ji-young ). The two women who are not willing to compromise himself by a single employee so and thus may waive a portion of the assets must be expected, they want to clear the matter in the most discreet way out of the way. First comes the evil Schweiger mother accidentally against the ladder on which Eun-Yi just Wienert the chandelier and thus provides a fall from the second floor. And when this other than small wounds does not provide for the desired effect, summarily toxic substances are mixed in the herbs, the eventually cause the miscarriage of the embryo. When Eun-yi learns by Byung-sik, what you did to her, the young and good-natured woman bent on revenge and decides to do something that will give a clear signal … Although the film is based on a Korean factory from 1960 (Kim Ki-young’s Hanyo / The Housemaid), you feel a little reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s cryptic and pitch black humor and Claude Chabrol’s elegant vivisection of the bourgeoisie, if such as the elderly governess in view of the adulterous love of the game the home side with the employees turned exasperated eyes. For that unmistakably French “odeur” the many small reminiscences adapt the French way of life such as the illustrated books by Henri Matisse, considered the hostess happy or their bedtime reading (Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex ). What the movie then but of Chabrol’s society thrillers different is the determination and eye-catching, with the Sangsoo-In the profound evil and corrupt world of the rich against the goodness of ordinary people sets. Except for the finale furioso, the role always distributed – with the exception Byung-sik, preserves the only person of the film to the end a mystery in itself: namely, that which they had during their working life and experience everything that all the humiliations and missteps were the masters, which allowed her to pay her son an expensive education. And that linked the question of what has led to ask, after decades of absolute loyalty to himself but against their employers. Despite these unresolved questions and sometimes stylized, in some places downright pushy staging, which always looks at the events and dramas from the air, The Housemaid was after the screening at the Palais de Festival, Cannes concerned with friendly applause. It is quite possible in that this film despite its South Korean origin and because of its sexually charged and for Korean relations almost explicit images and dialogues understood primarily as a tribute to the French cinema and, therefore, kindly received. The French are just people too. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: The Housemaid Original Title: Hanyo Country of production: South Korea Year of Production: 2010 Length: 107 ( min)

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