The Housemaid (movie)

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The Housemaid is a 2010 South Korean thriller movie. It is a remake of the 1960 movie of the same name. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot[change | change source]

The movie begins with a busy city street. A woman commits suicide (kills herself) by jumping from a building ledge. Eun-yi works as a worker in a restaurant. She convinces her co-worker and roommate to drive her to the scene of the suicide. She stands deeply upset over the chalk outline where the woman's body had been.

The next morning, an older woman by the name Byeong-sik visits Eun-yi in her small apartment. Byeong-sik later thinks about giving her a job.

Eun-yi is hired as an au pair for Hae-ra and her husband Hoon. Hae-ra is pregnant with twins. Eun-yi's main task is watching the couple's young daughter Nami.

Hoon begins secretly flirting with Eun-yi. He entices her with glasses of wine and piano playing. The two eventually begin a sexual relationship. But despite the affair, Eun-yi is still friendly and warm to Hoon's unknowing wife Hae-ra. She is even delighted at the progress of Hae-ra's pregnancy.

Byeong-sik (also known as "Miss Cho") sees Eun-yi and Hoon having sex with each other. Miss Cho tells her suspicion to Hae-ra's mother that Eun-yi is pregnant. Hae-ra's mother, Mi-hee, then visits the family. The family stage an "accident" that results in Eun-yi falling from a ladder at the top of some stairs. Eun-yi dangles from a chandelier and begs Hae-ra's mother to pull her over the railing. But Hae-ra's mother refuses. Eun-yi falls.

Eun-yi spends the night in the hospital with only a concussion. She then learns that she's pregnant.

Hae-ra is told by her mother to ignore the affair. The mother insists that all husbands cheat sooner or later. Hae-ra takes matters into her own hands and poisons the herbal medicine Eun-yi drinks every day.

Hae-ra goes to the hospital and delivers her twin sons. Hoon visits the hospital, where Hae-ra makes her ill will toward him known. Hoon, furious, returns home alone. He finds Eun-yi in his bathtub. Eun-yi plans on keeping the baby.

Eun-yi succumbs to the effects of the poison. Mi-hee arranges an abortion without Eun-yi's permission. After the abortion, Miss Cho reveals that she told Mi-hee about the pregnancy. Eun-yi is angry. However, she forgives Miss Cho. Eun-yi wants to get revenge on the family. When she recovers from the abortion, she sneaks into the house with Miss Cho's assistance.

Eun-yi later hangs herself from the same chandelier to which she had hung earlier. She sets herself on fire.

Cast[change | change source]

Release[change | change source]

The movie was first shown in South Korea on 13 May 2010. It opened in 679 screens. It took in over $5.7 million at the box office. After week two, the number of screens had been reduced to 520. The movie dropped to second place. The overall total box office for The Housemaid was $14,075,390.

IFC Films was the American distributor. It released the movie in 2011.[2]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Im Sang-soo Nominated
Film Fest Gent festival Georges Delerue Award Hong-jip Kim Won
18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
19th Buil Film Awards Won
47th Grand Bell Awards Best Film The Housemaid Nominated
Best Director Im Sang-soo Nominated
Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
Seo Woo Nominated
Best Costume Design Choi Se-yeon Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film The Housemaid Nominated
Best Director Im Sang-soo Nominated
Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Won
Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Director Im Sang-soo Won
Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
8th Korean Film Awards Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
Seo Woo Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Sound Effects Lee Sang-joon, Kim Suk-won, Park Joo-kang Nominated
Best Music Kim Hong-jib Nominated
11th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
2011 5th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Nominated
People's Choice for Favorite Actress Won
Best Supporting Actress Youn Yuh-jung Won
Best Costume Design Choi Se-yeon Nominated
31st Fantasporto Director's Week Manoel de Oliveira Award for Best Film The Housemaid Won
Best Actor Lee Jung-jae Won
Best Actress Jeon Do-yeon Won
2nd Seoul Art and Culture Awards Won
8th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Youn Yuh-jung Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Won

References[change | change source]

  1. "Housemaid Director Delights in Cannes Invitation". The Dong a-Ilbo. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. "IFC Films Books The Housemaid". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2019.