Previously at the ICA - Films

The Housemaid (Ha-nyeo), Dir. Im Sang-soo, 2010

The Housemaid (Ha-nyeo) plus Q&A

14 Nov 2010

Im Sang-soo’s remake of the classic Korean 1960’s film of the same name has been a huge hit at this year’s Cannes and a worthy successor of the original. It follows Lee Eun-yi (Jeon Do-yeon, Secret Sunshine) a naïve and innocent young woman who takes up the position of junior housemaid in an overly luxurious mansion. She tends after the two owners, Byung-sik and Hae-ra, as well as their creepily perfect daughter Nami. She soon becomes embroiled in a deeply erotic affair with Byung-sik unleashing hidden desires Do-yeon never knew existed. The consequences of this affair soon catch up to the maid, falling pregnant and victim to the viciously jealous wife.

With universal themes that transcend the originals setting to a much more contemporary setting director Im Sang-soo has created a masterfully sensual film that surpasses his past previous attempts over erotic thrillers in A Good Lawyer’s Wife. The screening also includes a Q&A with the director, Im Sang-soo.

Dir Im Sang-soo, S.Korea, 2010, 35mm, 107 mins

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