Set entirely inside an opulent, one-percenter Mexico City high-rise hotel, Avilés’ stunning debut follows Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a maid working the day shift as she navigates the various challenges that come with her job. Oscillating between cleaning bathrooms, changing linens, and impromptu childcare sessions for pampered guests, Eve’s days are packed—all done far away from her own four-year-old son Ruben. On the side, she studies for her GED and clearly longs to get ahead, striking tentative friendships with her fellow workers. An immersive and utterly thrilling film boasting one of the year’s most unforgettable central roles, The Chambermaid pulls back the curtain on an area of labor routinely taken for granted, and offers an empathetic look into one woman’s place within a world increasingly defined by haves and have-nots.
Filmography: First feature
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