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THE CHAMBERMAID

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DIRECTED BY LILA AVILÉS

A deluxe Mexico City hotel feels like an upscale prison for Eve, a chambermaid whose days are filled with making beds, cleaning bathrooms, and running interference for a panoply of guests demanding special attention. A fiction film that feels uncomfortably real, THE CHAMBERMAID posits Eve’s disciplined schedule – beginning her day at 4 a.m. and ending it with a class to fulfill a high school diploma – with the guests’ capricious whims. Lila Avilés’s film takes its inspiration from French artist Sophie Calle’s art project, The Hotel, in which she worked as a chambermaid and photographed objects left behind. Minimal and hyper-realistic, the film leaves the viewer with hope that Eve will not herself become mere detritus.

MEXICO    2018   102 MINS.   IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES   KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Approaching the subject with a documentary sense of realism, director Lila Aviles keeps a light touch… For much of its running time, The Chambermaid operates as a subtle study of inequality, but what emerges before our eyes is a character study free of pretense… (The film) offers a sometimes funny and playful look into the inner life of Eve; nuanced and natural, it has a quiet and modest power as it comments on the ironies of contemporary cities like Mexico City and their growing economic divide.”
– John Fink, The Film Stage