• 09 Oct - 15 Oct, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

In her 2019 memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, Stephanie Land writes candidly about trying to raise her young daughter while working as a maid for hire. Now, a new 10-episode Netflix adaptation brings Land's story to TV. Maid is the story of Alex, a young woman who, in the opening scene, wakes up in the middle of the night, sneaks out of bed where her husband Sean is sleeping, and carries their two-year-old daughter, Maddie, to the car, preparing to drive off. We don't know where she's headed, and neither does she. Alex (played by Margaret Qualley) has few options at the moment, and even less money. She starts out with access to only $18, and we see that amount dwindle on screen with every purchase. Eventually Alex gets a shot at an interview for a job working as a maid-for-hire at a cleaning service. But to land that job, she has to find someone to watch her daughter. And with no money to pay a sitter, her only choice is a risky one: her mother, a free-spirited artist with wild sculptures and paintings, wild hair, and manic eyes. Played by Andie MacDowell, who dives into playing her depressive character with all the fire it requires. As to Alex's life, Maid never leaves her narrative. Instead, the TV show finds very inventive ways to help us empathise with her point of view.