Tonight’s Viewing – Maid (2021)

Just finished watching this over a few nights and I have to say, I haven’t found a piece of television this moving in a long time.

Maid tells the story of Alex and her young daughter Maddy, who escape emotional abuse and domestic violence to search for a new life. Along the way, Alex faces many setbacks and barriers, is constantly let down by people and by the systems that are meant to help. Her only stability is what she she can provide for herself and what she gets from a shelter for abused women.

Maid is a heart-wrenching story about the desperate struggle of a single parent; the fight to gain independence and safety from abuse. I have rarely been as moved by anything on TV as I was by this story. The performances all round are note perfect. I cried several times along the way and felt such sadness at what Alex had to go through; how she was so comprehensively let down by so many in her attempts to break out of a cycle of generational trauma.

In the midst of all the great performances, it’s only right to point out Margaret Qualley, who really is amazing as Alex. Your heart breaks for her with every setback, and rejoices at every tiny step she takes along the road to freedom.

Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell – mother and daughter on and off screen

I can’t recommend this series highly enough. It’s intense, disturbing, horrible, and it will make you feel ashamed of this system that so many people live in. At the same time, it will give you hope and joy, maybe make you re-evaluate the difficulties you face in your own life and think more about your interactions with other people who may be going through such hell.

Thanks for reading. Maid is streaming on Netflix now, there are 10 episodes and it’s so worth your time. Well done and thank you to all those who worked on it.

Cheers,

Richard

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