“nearly perfect…achieves a poignant, comical clarity”-- The New York Times
“pitch-perfect…shows a side of Latin American life we rarely see on American screens”-- Los Angeles Times
“a vivid portrait…performed with exquisite subtlety”-- Washington Post
THIS DECEMBER, KOCH LORBER FILMS PRESENTS A UNIVERSALLY-ACCLAIMED DRAMEDY ABOUT TWO WOMEN FORCED TO FACE HARSH NEW TRUTHS IN A CHANGING WORLD
Jorge Gaggero’s Directorial Debut, Winner of a Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Prize and Starring Oscar®-Nominated Actress Norma Aleandro, Arrives to DVD December 4 for $26.98srp
Reversal of fortune is the theme in the acclaimed comedy-drama Live-in Maid, starring Argentina’s first lady of stage and screen, the Oscar®-nominated Norma Aleandro, and impressive newcomer, Norma Argentina. Writer-director Jorge Gaggero’s debut feature film, a 2007 theatrical release, is poignant look at how economics and class conflict affect the lives of two women. Winner of numerous awards at festivals around the world, LIVE-IN MAID arrives on DVD December 4 with extras including a making-of documentary, exclusively from KOCH Lorber Films.
Set in the aftermath of Argentina’s devastating economic crash of 2001, Live-in Maid stars Aleandro (“The Official Story,” Best Actress nominee for “Gaby: A True Story”) as Beba, a pampered upper-middle-class Buenos Aires divorcee used to the finer things in life, including a full-time housekeeper and servant, Dora (Argentina). But the economic crash hits Beba’s designer pocketbook hard and she finds it tougher and tougher just to get by and maintain her lifestyle. Dora, who has worked for Beba for 30 years, hasn’t been paid in seven months and decides she must move on. As the dynamics between mistress and maid shift, both discover that they are linked in ways that go beyond a mere working arrangement.
The New York Times’ A.O. Scott called Live-in Maid “a remarkably assured first film,” adding that Gaggero has “a keen eye for telling nuances of behavior.” The movie has “a heart of gold and a spine of steel,” wrote The New York Daily News’ Elizabeth Weitzman, and Steven Winn of The San Francisco Chronicle called it “intimate and keenly observed.” Aside from capturing the Special Jury Prize: World Cinema – Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival and the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize at the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, LIVE-IN MAID has also collected universal acclaim throughout its international theatrical and festival run.
The DVD presents LIVE-IN MAID in the 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, along with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound; it in Spanish with English subtitles. Bonus programming includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and the original theatrical trailer.