First, recapping what I wrote in my initial profile of the film last week…
It’s not quite The Help; the filmmaker’s approach intrigues me, and I’d like to see what the end result looks, sounds and feels like.
It’s titled Doméstica (or Housemaids), a seemingly provocative feature-length documentary by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro.
Mascaro’s approach involved giving video cameras to seven adolescents from six Brazilian locales and asked them to film their family’s maids for a week, all day, everyday, for 7 straight days.
So it’s kind of what you’d call an observational documentary, capturing the diversity of employee attitudes towards their maids, the relationship between each maid and the house they are hired to work in, how each reacts to the fact that there’s a camera following them around, and more.
Given how intimate it seems, it could be compelling viewing; emphasis on could be. I haven’t seen it, so I can’t say.
Of course, one could argue that, while there might be some genuinely poignant moments, how much of what we see is indeed sincere, and not just the maids acting or saying what they think their bosses will want to hear.
In essence, how truthful can they be, when their employers’ kids are the filmmakers?
Regardless, I’m still curious.
The fillm is scheduled to make its word premiere at The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which runs Nov 14-25.
A teaser for the film has arrived (emphasis on teaser), and is embedded below: