Eun-yi, a middle-aged divorcee, is hired as an upper class family housemaid. But soon enough, master of the house Hoon takes advantage of his social position by slipping into her sheets. Hoon’s visits become frequent and Byung-sik, an old housemaid, reports the affair to Hae-ra’s mother Mi-hee, who plots to give Hae-ra the control over her husband.
Soon Eun-yi miraculously becomes pregnant and wants to keep the baby. This is discovered by the family and she’s forced to have an abortion by Mi-hee despite Eun-yi’s plea to let her keep the baby and leave the house. Mi-hee’s plot backfires when Hoon scrutinizes her for terminating his child, even if that child is conceived illegitimately. Her forced abortion turns Eun-yi’s mental condition for the worst and she decides to take the matter into her own hands.
Star Rating: The Housemaid opens with a woman jumping to her death amidst bustling city nightlife. The reaction isn’t as dramatic as you might expect. The people noticed – some even stopped what they were doing – although no one seemed to care. I then spent the next 100 minutes trying to figure out the significance of that scene, since, so far as I can tell, it has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the story. Is it symbolic? If so, … more