A Cannes Film Festival import has been picked up by IFC – and it isn’t Biutiful. Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid – a pic that surprisingly played in the Main Competition to lukewarm responses has been picked up for a theatrical release, perhaps pegged for sometime next year, but definitely poised to be at the Toronto Int. Film Festival.
This tells the story of Eun-yi, a middle-aged divorcee forced through circumstance to takes a position as a housemaid with an upper class family. It is not long before her master, Hoon, takes advantage of his social position by sharing her bed. When Eun-yi becomes pregnant and her secret is discovered by the family, she is compelled to have an abortion. Her forced termination turns Eun-yi’s already fragile mental condition for the worse and she decides to take matters into her own hands.