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  • Summary: Dora (51) is the maid of Mrs. Beba (59) and has worked and lived with her for 35 years. Beba used to be a well-to-do socialite but successive economic and personal crises have worn her out, reducing her to a purveyor of decadence. Nowadays she finds herself forced to sell door-to-door beauty products. And she owes Dora six months of salary. Dora, tired of listening to Beba’s promises of payment, is now determined to resign. Beba asks her for more time to get the money together. Dora accepts. During this period Beba tries to mine the confidence of Dora, discouraging her not to venture into a new phase of her life. Though doomed by class prejudices and abusive power codes there is also a bond cemented by mutual love from three decades of living together. Finally, Beba gets the money to cancel the debt and offers some cash in advance to make her maid stay. But Dora has already made up her mind. (Aqua Films) Expand
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  1. 90
    Pitch-perfect social comedy.
  2. What Live-in Maid offers is a pitch-perfect observation of life on a continent where forms are adhered to, distances aren't really kept, and your best friend is the person who knows to pour the cheap domestic whiskey into the empty bottle of imported stuff before your bridge buddies show up to judge you.
  3. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    The result is a film of startling insight and grace.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    A modest chamber piece enriched by its affecting human harmonies and overtones.
  5. Weary and overworked to her very bones, Dora nevertheless has a heart of gold and a spine of steel. The movie does, too.
  6. 75
    Low-key yet has a lot to say about class struggle.
  7. 67
    Live-In Maid's premise would be ideal for a play, or a bravura performance piece like Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant."

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  1. annetteg
    Jul 21, 2007
    exquisite insights into the hearts of two women who, despite social and economic pressures, deeply understand each other's fight to survive.
  2. HughR
    Jul 22, 2007
    A great dark-social comedy with an illuminated soul and powerful actresses.