“…The Housemaid is a mirror of its times … After watching The Housemaid, some of the bourgeois women in the theatre screamed ‘Death to the housemaid! Hell for the housemaid!’ ” – writer/director Kim Ki-young
Prepare to be thrilled by this cautionary tale of sexual obsession, while underneath a biting social commentary on 1960’s Korean class system. Expertly directed, The Housemaid is among the most celebrated films of Korean cinema.
Dong-sik Kim is a composer who teaches piano to the workers at a Korean textile factory. Mrs Kim, still working while pregnant with the couple’s third child, begs her husband to procure a housemaid. Thereupon, a crazed-looking young woman enters into the Kim household,
A noirish thriller that builds with blistering intensity right up until its startling denouement, Kim Ki-young’s idiosyncratic style has been hugely influential on the new generation of South Korean directors.
Screening on a luminous 35mm print from Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, The Housemaid is digitally restored by the Korean Film Archive with the support of the World Cinema Foundation.