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The Chambermaid Rated 15

The Chambermaid

Dir. Lila Aviles. Mexico, 2018. 1h 42m. Spanish/subs. Starring Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez.

At one of Mexico City’s most luxurious hotels, a quiet but conscientious young maid works long unsociable hours to pay for childcare. She balances working hard to impress her bosses and looking after her children all while dreaming of providing her family with a better life. Mexican actor-turned-director Lila Avilés’s compelling debut combines dry humour with sly observations about class, privilege, and worker exploitation.

‘The film feels much less artisanal or remote than Roma – the inevitable comparison – and it’s all the better for it…it’s close to perfect.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph

‘It’s a fabulous piece of cinema. Lila Avilés, director and co-writer (with Juan Marquéz), creates a symphony of textured silences.’ ★★★★★ Nigel Andrews, The FT