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Genre Thriller
Running Time 107 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jan 21, 2011
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The Housemaid (Ha-nyeo)

Eun-yi is an innocent young woman who is hired as an upper class family housemaid, and is tasked to take care of the family's small daughter and her pregnant mother, Hae-ra. But soon enough, the master of the house, Hoon, takes advantage of his social position by slipping into the new housemaid's bed. Soon Eun-yi becomes pregnant by Hoon and wants to keep the baby. This is discovered by the family and Eun-yi is forced by Mi-hee to have an abortion despite the young woman's pleas to let her keep the… Show more

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‘The Housemaid,’’ a sleek, pleasantly nasty Korean fable about power, lust, and class, manages to run hot and cold at the same time. The title character, a maidservant in a house full of bourgeoisie vipers, allows herself to be rapturously used and abused by the man of the house, and their scenes together form an erotic dance of decadence and submissive abandon. Then the bill comes due, as it must, and writer-director Im Sang-soo paints the consequences with a chill worthy of the late Claude Chabrol. Both filmmakers know the most dangerous animals are civilized men and women, especially on their home turf.

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