Summary: An uneven opening and ending distract on from the otherwise searing South Korean erotic drama 'The Housemaid'
A remake of the 1960 South Korean classic of the same name, Sang-soo Im's take on 'The Housemaid' is a morality tale, steeped in melodrama.
The plot sees a rich businessman (Jung-Jae Lee) fall for his new housemaid while his own wife is pregnant and oblivious. When the new maid becomes pregnant, a powerplay turns the sprawling big house into a claustrophobic battlefield of moral ambiguity.
Do-yeon Jeon beautifully mixes innocence and lusty villainy as the young housemaid of the title, but there's another housemaid in the film. Older, wiser, more brutal. she's played by Yeo-jeong Yoon who fully deserved her two Best Supporting Actress wins for this film.
Indeed, the film is dominated by Lady MacBeth-style women and their cunning ploys, spread across two social classes, culminating in some weird hybrid of 'The Servant', 'Gosford Park' and 'Fatal Attraction'.
It's marred by two scenes at the very beginning and end that are out of whack with the rest of the film's quiet elegance.
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