Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas: (510) 464-5980
Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and children.
Showtimes and tickets will be available Tuesday, February 1 at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and at theatre box office.
Also opens 2/4/11 at Camera 3 in San Jose.
A favorite at this year’s Cannes, Toronto, Mill Valley and Fantastic Fest film festivals, THE HOUSEMAID is a stylish, sexy thriller about an innocent young woman caught in the twisted web of a rich family's games.
Eun-yi (Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-youn of Secret Sunshine) is hired as a nanny in an lavish mansion by businessman Hoon (Lee Jung-jae) and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra (Seo Woo). When Eun-yi is seduced by the father of the house, she becomes the unwitting victim in a series of traps laid by the women of the house—Hae-ra, her villainous mother (Park Ji-young), and their seemingly loyal but increasingly bitter housekeeper (Yun Yeo-jong). Intensely erotic and fiendishly entertaining, THE HOUSEMAID builds to an unforgettable climax as Eun-yi must outwit them and escape their schemes to protect her sanity—and her life—from the vicious family. Written and directed by Im Sang-soo (The President’s Last Bang, A Good Lawyer’s Wife, Tears), remaking the classic 1960 original by the same name by the late director Kim Ki-young.
Read San Francisco Chronicle’s write-up and interview with director Im Sang-soo: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/30/PK6A1H6RUF.DTL
“(A) sexy thriller…Director Im Sang-soo reveres the old Hollywood style of melodrama and is pleased to give it vigorous twists.” - Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
“I was absolutely and completely blown away. Sang-soo shoots with a visual flair that brings to mind the brutality of Michael Haneke spliced with slight absurdist flourishes not unlike Luis Bunuel's lighter moments in Belle de Jour. In a lot of ways, it's a classic love triangle with many juicy scenes of plotting between the betrayed wife and her evil mother.” - Chris Kompanek, Huffington Post
“Sumptuous, erotic… a black-comic drama in the vein of Paul Verhoeven and Claude Chabrol…Gorgeously photographed… a dark-hearted art-house delight.” - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
“Speaking of Black Swan, if you like that particular brand of dark comedy, you should race to see Im Sang-soo’s THE HOUSEMAID, a thriller that is every bit as crazy, and a whole lot sexier. Equal parts soap opera, social satire, and Hitchcockian suspense, THE HOUSEMAID may not be high art, but it’s good, disreputable fun.” - John Powers, Vogue
“A lurid, black-humored reimagining from filmmaker Im Sang-soo. As a treatise on class warfare, it bangs its single note with style, but don't dismiss what might be the greatest WTF? ending of the year.” - Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
"EXTRAORDINARY. Further evidence that right now South Korea is producing many of the best films in the world." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Sleek, erotic and suspenseful.” - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Cannes International Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Mill Valley Film Festival 2010
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2010
Fantastic Fest 2010
The film’s running time is 106 minutes; it is not rated. In Korean; fully subtitled in English.
Added by landmark on January 31, 2011