La Camarista (2018), by Lila Avilés – Review

It does not pretend other than to merge with the evolution of the mood (and the circumstances that accompany it) relative to the character who embodies Gabriela Cartol.

Camarista is a person who works in a hotel tuning the rooms: make the beds, clean and ensure that everything is in order. And this movie, which is titled The Maid, talk about a woman who is dedicated to it. The action takes place in Mexico City, in a hotel. Virtually the entire movie is staged in a multi-star hotel.

The Maid, more than a story with a beginning, knot and outcome, tells the state in which the woman lives. Or what is the same: how that woman fits the favors and the disadvantages of being the weak link in the working pyramid of that hotel. Which affects the relationship with their classmates, and what they receive from them, and also with a client. Some of them represent deception and disappointment. It could have been a documentary, as it seems that he is informing us of what is happening inside and out. If this were the case, we could be talking about a psycho-documentary. However, the staging is fully cinematic and not documentary. In this sense, I must say, it is a work of art. But, attention, notice: to those who expect an outcome, to forget, because the matter is something else. Even with that, the movie is all talent. Even as the days have passed since I saw her, it seems even better with distance.

An entire exercise of psychological knowledge and mastery of film resources by the entire team.

The Maid Account the status of a working woman. And there is the grace. The leading actress, master Gabriela Cartol, is completely transparent in the eyes of the viewer. And it is not that he is an extraverted person, that he is not, rather the opposite. It is the way in which its state is shown and developed before the camera that makes it transparent. The director's gift is the key. And attention to her name: Lila Aviles, from whom she had not seen any other work. And now, after a few days after seeing The Maid, I am looking forward to knowing more about this director.

The Maid it could be a propaganda or denunciation movie of the conditions of the workers, and especially of the humble woman in a work environment like the one in The Maid It exposed. Yes but no, because it does not pretend otherwise to merge with the evolution of the mood (and the circumstances that accompany it) relative to the character that Gabriela Cartol embodies. An entire exercise of psychological knowledge and mastery of film resources by the entire team. And Lila Avilés is like making the wave, a wave of admiration … I hope to see confirmed with the viewing of some other work of his.

So much mention as Gabriela Cartol
the other cast mates deserve, especially Agustina Quinci and Teresa
Sanchez They all shine with their own light.

Final note: who wants to extract any
conclusion about whether the film issues a complaint regarding the system
work that is narrated, you can find elements about it. However the
The issue is not so much what history says but how well it has been exposed.
A whole surprise … which grows as the days go by after having it
viewed.


Synopsis Eve is a young cameraman who works in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City. The long and laborious days mean that Eve cannot take care of her son while she works, but she is convinced that her situation will improve when she is promoted to a better position.
country Mexico
Address Lila Aviles
Script Lila Aviles, Juan Carlos Marquéz
Photography Carlos Rossini
Distribution Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez, Agustina Quinci, Alán Uribe
Gender Drama
Duration 102 min.
Original title The chambermaid
Premiere 03/06/2020

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