Irish Film Institute -THE CHAMBERMAID



102 mins, Mexico-USA, 2018, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released on Friday 26th July 2019 and is no longer screening.

Eve (Gabriela Cartol) is a reserved young woman working as a chambermaid in a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. It’s exhausting work, the hours long, leaving her little time to see her four-year-old son, but Eve hopes her diligence will secure for her a coveted position as the cleaner on the prestigious, newly-refurbished 42nd floor. She enrols in the hotel’s adult literacy course and befriends the vivacious Miriam (Teresa Sánchez), a co-worker who valiantly attempts to coax her out of her shell.

Adopting a quasi-documentary approach, Lila Avilés’s striking debut feature, which restricts the action almost exclusively to the hotel, observes Eve’s daily routine –be it baby-sitting the child of a bratty Argentinian guest, or flirting with the hotel’s window cleaner – whilst poignantly conveying the impersonal yet intimate act of cleaning up after strangers.

(Notes by David O’Mahony).

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