When a young Colombian immigrant Drina (Paula Garcés) goes to work as a live-in housekeeper at a wealthy American family's lavish weekend home in the Hamptons, the yawning gulf between haves and have-nots is blatantly stark. But issues of truth and justice come into play, as well as class, after she witnesses something the family would rather keep hidden.
Psychological thriller The Maid's Room effectively builds a mood of slow-burn suspense in its first half but becomes rather overwrought later on. The acting by Garcés and co-stars Bill Camp and Annabella Sciorra (as the well-heeled, condescending employers) remains impressive throughout.
Unrated. Runtime 98 mins. Director Michael Walker
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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