” about Maid” the honest portrayal of a single mother’s will to live
xecutive producers for the film include Margot Robbie, who starred in China Beach, ER, and The West Wing, as well as John Wells, a seasoned TV writer-producer. Shameless, the acclaimed Showtime series about a struggling family, also featured Wells as a writer and director. Shameless ended recently.
Maid was created by Shameless writer Molly Smith Metzler, who is also a producer on the show. For the most part, she wrote the Maid episodes, and Wells directed four of them. As a result, their collaboration has resulted in an engaging story portrayed solely from the perspective of one character, complete with miscommunications, gaps in knowledge and fantasy elements.
The film tells the narrative of Alex, a young lady who sneaks out of bed in the middle of the night and drives away with her 2-year-old daughter, Maddie, while her husband, Sean, is still asleep. We have no idea where she’s going, and she has no idea either.
In the current situation, Alex (Margaret Qualley) has few choices and even less financial resources. You can watch her money disappear on screen when she buys another gallon of gas or a dollar-store toy. She starts out with only $18.
A daily cleaning agency hires a maid-for-hire, and Alex eventually obtains an interview. In order to get the position, she must, however, arrange for someone to look after her daughter. And because she has the funds to hire a nanny, her only option is a hazardous one: her mother, a free-spirited artist known for her bizarre sculptures and paintings as well as her wild hair and maniacal eyes. In the film, she is portrayed by Andie MacDowell, who gives her manic-depressive persona everything she has.
FX’s Fosse/Verdon, in which she played dancer Ann Reinking, was a beautiful supporting role for Qualley. Maid is Alex’s journey from beginning to end, and she plays a major role in it. Alex is the only one who can tell us what’s going on or who is doing what. Despite the difficulties, she perseveres in facing down problems, making decisions, and overcoming obstacles such as bureaucracy and family members.
The supporting cast of Maid is diverse and interesting, but the best moments occur between Alex and her mother in the first few episodes. Though I was unaware of it at the time, MacDowell and Qualley are real-life mother and daughter.
Regarding Alex’s life, Maid never strays from her point of view or the tale she’s telling. Instead, the program comes up with ingenious ways to make us understand her perspective. As a result, Alex is unable to witness what happens at the first episode’s most dramatic moment. As a result, we hear only the sound, just as she does.
During her court battle for custody of her kid, all the words attorneys and judges exchange degrade into what she and we hear as the phrase “legal legal legal.” With each page she turns in her job and financial help application, the words on the pages get more personal, gloomy, and downright insulting to her and our eyes.
Whatever you hear about Maid seems depressing, yet that is not the case. Maid’s main message surfaces in the minor joys, small successes, and unexpected displays of support: it is these small acts of kindness that can keep Alex going. And, in reality, it might be anybody of us.