Margaret Qualley takes it to the guts in Maid [critique]

Maid - Netflix series

The Netflix series created by Molly Smith Metzler tackles difficult topics with great realism.

How to succeed in freeing oneself from domestic and family violence when that is all that we have always known? This is the question Netflix subscribers will ask themselves when watching Maid, the platform’s new original creation, created by Molly Smith Metzler and produced by Maggie Betts.

Loosely inspired by the eponymous autobiography of Stephanie Land (in 2020 published by the Globe), the series tells the story of Alex, a young woman of 25, who has just left her violent and alcoholic boyfriend in a hurry, taking him under the arms their 2 year old daughter. Forced to provide for her needs and without any stable resources (her mother is bipolar, her father absent …), Alex becomes a housekeeper to earn a little money and maintain custody of her hard-won daughter. Following the moves, living in her car or on her parents’ sofas, she tries somehow to make ends meet, to save herself from the misery which is tragically promised to her, and to offer her daughter a better future.

A poignant story of an anonymous America that does not hesitate to trample on its poorest citizens, Maid highlights the difficulties that single mothers can encounter, and more specifically when they are victims of domestic violence. With a slow pace, where the happy end does not always have its place, the series and its main character move forward with a form of heavy numbness. One step forward, two steps back. Faced with the trials that Alex encounters, the spectator has little respite: each piece of good news contains its share of misfortune, and each character is an ordinary monster, stuck in his own condition. However, the series does not end in tear tragedy: there is light at the end of the tunnel. Above all, she leaves the viewer with a feeling of helplessness that takes the guts, almost making you want to mobilize to help women who, like Alex, do not have all the cards in hand.

Told at the height of a woman from Alex’s point of view, Maid is worn by the brilliant Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood), as well as a series of supporting characters, including ex-boyfriend Sean, played by a startling Nick Robinson, and Paula, Alex’s whimsical mother, who was cast as Andie McDowell, the mother by Margaret Qualley, who offers the viewer a performance without any misstep. Completed by Raymond Blake, Billy Burke, Tracy Vilar and Anika Noni Rose, Maid worth a look, and promises new seasons as strong in emotion. Thought out as an anthology, it will roll out new stories that focus on other housekeepers, as Stephanie Land wishes (via Madame Figaro).

Margaret Qualley and Andie McDowell reunite in Maid trailer, on Netflix

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