Maids (film)

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Maids Meirelles.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fernando Meirelles
Nando Olival
Produced by Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Ana Soares
Written by Cecília Homem de Mello
Fernando Meirelles
Renata Melo
Nando Olival
Based on Domésticas 
by Renata Melo
Starring Cláudia Missura
Graziela Moretto
Lena Roque
Olivia Araújo
Renata Melo
Music by André Abujamra
Cinematography Lauro Escorel
Edited by Deo Teixeira
O2 Filmes
Distributed by Pandora Filmes
Release dates
  • January 25, 2001 (2001-01-25) (IFRR)
  • April 20, 2001 (2001-04-20) (Brazil)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$1.2 million[1]
Box office R$422,675[2]

Maids (Portuguese: Domésticas) is a 2001 Brazilian film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Nando Olival. It is based on the play of the same name by Renata Melo, and has received multiple awards and nominations.


  • Cláudia Missura as Raimunda
  • Graziela Moretto as Roxane
  • Lena Roque as Créo
  • Olivia Araújo as Quitéria
  • Renata Melo as Cida
  • Robson Nunes as Jailto
  • Tiago Moraes as Gilvan
  • Luís Miranda as Abreu
  • Eduardo Estrela as Antônio
  • Gero Camilo as Claudiney
  • Charles Paraventi
  • Milhem Cortaz


O Estado de S. Paulo praised the film as it differentiates itself from original play thus does not rellies its comic potential on offending domestic workers. The reviewer also commended the fact that it is a film aimed to general people instead of a sociological approach.[1] Variety praised its cinematography as well as the cast, and further called it a "bright Brazilian comedy" that has "a wit and naturalness that Ken Loach's Bread and Roses might envy."[3] Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian said "it is indeed a little gem".[4]

The film won the Best Cinematography and Missura, Moretto, Roque, Araújo and Melo shared the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2001 Recife Film Festival. The five shared again an award at the Ceará Film Festival; this time a Best Actress Award, though. At the Natal Film Festival, Moraes won the Best Actor Award, Estrela won the Best Supporting Actor Award, and it won the Best Score Award.[5] It won the Best Film Award at the Cuiabá Film Festival, where it also won the Best Screenplay and Best Newcomer (Moretto).[6]


  1. ^ a b ""Dométicas" consegue ser divertido". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. April 19, 2001. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 29. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Young, Deborah (March 4, 2001). "Review: 'Maids'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (June 25, 2010). "London scores as Brazil's Fernando Meirelles heads for the capital". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Domésticas, o Filme" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ Carlini, Paola. ""Domésticas" leva prêmio de melhor filme". Diário de Cuiabá (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 31, 2014. 

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