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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Film Review: The Housemaid

This is a 1960's Korean film with adultery as it's theme.

The style of the film is very 1940's western, it's dialog is cheesy, & the acting is the same along with many cliche's.
And it's because of these that makes this film a little gem, this film is so provocative for it's time that I can guarantee you it was banned from Catholic Ireland until recently, but to be honest I don't think anyone here knew about it until a few years ago anyway so it doesn't make much of a difference.

The film centers around a small family, husband (music teacher), traditional wife(makes cloths in home) & 2 children.
The family get a new home & find that they need a housemaid to keep it in order. The housemaid turns out to be after the husband & one night of "weakness" leads to the almost complete destruction of the family.

Two of the best points, when the husband is trying to go to his wife (downstairs) & the housemaid REALLY doesn't want him to, she grabs onto his leg, but this doesn't stop him, continuing to walk down the stairs with the housemaid attached to his leg. With her hitting her head on every step on the way down.

And the other at the end of the film, where the cast are all together for the, "well folks we've had a great time, but seriously adultery with the housmaid are nothing to be laughed at, you take care now" moment, although it wasn't in those exact word's it might as well have been.

I guess it's just from a different era.

The music is pretty terrible but doesn't add or take away from the film.

All in all the best black & white film I've seen since Schindlers List (1993) with Liam Neeson.

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