The Chambermaid (La camarista) (15)

Director Lila Avilés. Spanish Drama

Former actor Lila Avilés’s striking debut feature is a nuanced observational drama following Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a maid at a luxury hotel in Mexico City. A young single mother, she aspires to better things and hopes her diligence at the hotel will be rewarded. But, enrolling in its education programme, she finds it’s not necessarily the most hard-working who are targeted for advancement. Employing a quasi-documentary approach, Avilés’s camera accompanies Eve as she enters each indistinguishable hotel room, cleaning up another stranger’s anonymous yet intimate messes. As she makes friends, engages in a flirtation and works towards promotion, we become privy to her journey of self-discovery, her desires, doubts and dreams. Alongside dry humour and thoughtful insights into matters of class, privilege and exploitation in the hotel, a microcosm of Mexican society, The Chambermaid offers moments of beauty and tenderness that feel like glimmers of humanity.

Overview

Starring Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez
Duration 102 mins
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