The Housemaid (2010)

  • Youn Yuh-jung
  • 1h 47m
  • South Korea

As a young woman in the early 1970s, Youn Yuh-jung launched her screen acting career with a pair of indelible collaborations with director Kim Ki-young, whose vividly expressionistic melodramas tended to center on the psychosexual machinations of a bewitching femme fatale. It’s fitting, then, that she should return for a crucial role in Im Sang-soo’s sultry reworking of Kim’s 1960 classic, The Housemaid. Here, Youn plays Miss Cho, the aging housekeeper for a wealthy couple whose seemingly happy marriage is upended by the arrival of a young, alluring new maid. As a fraught love triangle takes shape—under Miss Cho’s watchful eye—acts of vengeance and counter-vengeance compound, and the psychic stakes grow precariously high, driving toward an explosive conclusion that is as pointedly scathing as it is hauntingly sad.

Director

Im Sang-soo

Languages

English, Korean

Subtitles

English

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