I wanted to see a movie that had been around for a while, since the week's new openings did not read very well in the reviews. The New York Daily News gave this film four stars so I thought to myself that it would be a safe bet, after all, what have I got to lose? Regrettably, plenty in terms of time. And at the age of 85, time is very precious.
While I stood in line at the Angelika Film Center waiting for the earlier performance
to end, I decided to ask people exiting what they had thought of the film. One couple said they liked it, while inside the theater, a late-middle-aged-guy
recognized me and said, "Only a masochist could enjoy this film.
It took so, so long to come to an end. I wish I could spare you
the agony." After his comment, I spoke with three other people
leaving the earlier show, all of whom said they enjoyed the picture.
The guy who referred to masochism was right. This is a boring
and much too long movie.
The plot is simple: Raquel (Catalina Saavedra), a maid in the home of a Chilean couple with four kids, is on the brink of a nervous breakdown. The lady of the house, Pilar (Claudia Celedon), is a patrician and kind woman who wants to hire a second maid to assist Raquel. Raquel is distressed by the thought.