MIFF 2010 review: The Housemaid (2010)

27 Jul

The Housemaid

Exquisite sets, amazing and wide ranging performance, gripping and slightly outrageous plot- what more can you want? Add in some sex, death and surrealism and bang! You’re sold.  Moves through three styles: starting with realism, it heads into soap opera territory for the bulk of the film and concludes with majestic and outrageous fantasy. Itself a remake of a 60s Korean classic of the same name, it’s calling out for an American remake, which they’ll undoubtedly screw up. Another example of a Korean film-maker taking a recognised genre or style, in this case melodrama, and turning it on its head.

****

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