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Maids (2001)

Domésticas: O Filme (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 October 2002 (Germany)
Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other, ride busses, work, and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost ... See full summary »

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Cecília Homem de Mello (screenplay), Fernando Meirelles (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cláudia Missura Cláudia Missura ... Railde / Raimunda
Graziella Moretto Graziella Moretto ... Roxane (as Graziela Moretto)
Lena Roque Lena Roque ... Créo
Olivia Araújo Olivia Araújo ... Quitéria
Renata Melo Renata Melo ... Cida
Robson Nunes ... Jailto
Tiago Moraes Tiago Moraes ... Gilvan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Assunção Maria Assunção ... Cleusa
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Vlaudiney
Bibba Chuqui Bibba Chuqui ... Bibba
Jo Columbo Jo Columbo
Eduardo Estrela Eduardo Estrela ... Antônio
Georgette Fadel Georgette Fadel ... Georgette (as Georgetta Fadel)
Roberta Garcia Roberta Garcia ... Kelly
Patricia Gaspar Patricia Gaspar ... Patrícia
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Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other, ride busses, work, and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost daughter, Roxane for a career in modeling. Quitéria is naive, a gull for thieves. Cida has a husband and also a lover. While each woman gets what she wishes for (more or less), it doesn't always make things better. As Roxane says, no child sets out to become a maid. But once there, are all other doors closed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Brazil]

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

3 October 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Domésticas See more »

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O2 Filmes See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Você é Tudo para Mim
Written by Cezar/Jean Pierre
Performed by Angelo Máximo
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Easy to overrate
26 September 2002 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

This film squanders an opportunity to make an important social statement. Brazil has a larger gap between rich and poor than any country in the world. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the contrast between the women who work as domestic household servants and the people they work for. This film zeros in on the personal lives of five of these women. They all share a deep antipathy to their employers, yet the employers are never shown. Thus we never get to see the basis of their antipathy, and it is too easy to chalk this up to mere envy, when it is probably much more. This is hinted at when one of the maids treats a pizza delivery boy very much like the way she is probably treated by her employer.

The first half of the film is very slow moving and a chore to get through. The second half picks up somewhat. The story at first is hard to follow, the story lines are blurred, and the characters are at first hard to distinguish from one another. Perhaps that is the film's point; your guess is as good as mine. But this is an overall bore that could have been much better.


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