Just in time, the new Netflix series that I told you all to put on your list because it was going to be fantastic has, therefore, won over critics enough to get a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score right off the bat. The new series is Housemaid, and its success is due in part to the strength of the material – it is inspired by Stephanie Land New York Times successful memory Housekeeper: hard work, low wages and a mother’s will to survive. And also to the acting talent of incomparably fantastic star Margaret Qualley.
The series follows the story of “Alex”, played by Qualley. She is “a single mom who turns to housecleaning to – barely – make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy,” the official synopsis of Netflix. This series, he continues, “is a raw and inspiring exploration of a mother’s resilience.”
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Netflix is out Housemaid Friday. This 10-episode series also stars Andie MacDowell (Qualley’s real mother) and Nick Robinson.
The book this series is based on is powerful enough that President Obama put it on his summer 2019 reading list. Executive Producer John Wells (credits include emergency, Shameless, and West wing) directed four of the season’s 10 episodes. They were the first two and the last two. In the meantime, it’s also worth noting that Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap is behind this project. LuckyChap being the same company that brought us the Promising young woman.
Moreover, not only is Maids female-led cast. Most of the backstage team is also made up of women. The showrunner, plus three editors, a director of photography, most of the writers and four of the five directors of the Housemaid Netflix series are women. In addition, the head decorator, music supervisor, costume designer and heads of the makeup and hair department are all women.
As for the character of Alex, she’s a young mother trying to get out of an abusive relationship. She takes a house cleaning job. And this story is about his trip. Its navigating a system with no money, no support or no work history. Plus, as you can imagine, hers is a story that takes viewers on a powerful and emotional journey.
Inspired by New York Times bestselling memoir, Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson, Billy Burke, and Anika Noni Rose star in Maid, a woman’s inspirational story about motherhood, survival and resilience. pic.twitter.com/Ne5Dw8ZQFD
– Netflix (@netflix) 23 Aug 2021
As noted, the series has a perfect review score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing. The 100% score is based on 15 reviews, like this one from RogerEbert.com: “Qualley is grounded and brilliant, finding hints of beauty grace that center all around her in this series which I think will draw attention. a loyal and tearful audience. . “
Many viewers may have appreciated Qualley’s work in Quentin Tarantino’s film recently. Once upon a time … in Hollywood. Qualley gave a fascinating performance as one of the film’s directionless hippies, a point therefore noted in Varieties review of Housemaid. “Qualley, a compelling and sharp performer, could take viewers anywhere. An audience that knows her best as a fleeting hippie from Once upon a time … in Hollywood may be surprised at how much she can evoke feelings of anxiety.