HOUSEMAID, THE

THE PLOT THUS FAR

 

A man’s affair with his family’s housemaid leads to a dark consequences.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Eun-yi (Jeon Do-yeon) got invited by Byung-sik (Yun Yeo-Jong) to serve in an uber-rich household made up of three members – the master of the house Hoon (Lee Jung-jae), his very pregnant wife Haera (Seo Woo) expecting a pair of twins due anytime soon and hence the need for an extra help around the house, and their daughter Nami (Ahn Seo-hyeon) with whom Eun-yi forms a strong friendship with, since a child is non-judgemental on someone’s background and social standing.

Some people would suspect that the film would have Eun-yi, a divorcée, enter the household and see an opportunity to seduce Hoon. This is not that movie, and neither was that the motivation at all. We see the fairly impoverished background that Eun-yi came from, and living amongst the rich and powerful provided a chance to live the high life, since the family is extremely wasteful. With Byung-sik showing her the ropes necessary to do her job, from the bowing to the serving, the cleaning and being at the beck and call of the household members, the hardship probably is well worth it for the perks that come with the job, ones that are beyond the reach of ordinary folks.

So when things turn, you’ll find yourself wondering the exact motivation she allowed herself to open up (pardon the pun) to the come hither of the master of the house, who has a penchant for alcohol and being brought up with a silver spoon, there’s no such thing as a No to any of his request, although on the outside he may be that rich gentleman, it’s not far- fetched to think that these folks would consider money as the basis for all things going their way, and money being the basis to bail themselves out of trouble, and to keep the mouth of others shut. Money as the root of all evil, probably couldn’t be more true here if those with the means decide to abuse it, given the mindset of theirs that they can always get away from the blame game.

The DVD comes with a featurette and trailer. The A/V Quality is strong enough for a World Cinema suspense flick, but it’s not that great. You get a lot of soft surround mixes that can make casual dialogue seem muffled. Outside of that, you have elements where the visuals feel rushed and blurred by heavy action. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

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