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    ‘Maid’: 3 Reasons to Watch Netflix’s Hopeful Limited Series

    House cleaner Alex (Margaret Qualley) struggles to escape a volatile relationship to give her daughter a better life in Maid, the hopeful story based on Stephanie Land’s 2019 memoir. Here’s why it’s a must-watch.

    1. Alex’s resilience

    Her unplanned pregnancy nixed plans to study creative writing, so she journals vividly about her clients and life. She endures the exasperating application process for government aid and a custody battle with her ex, bartender Sean (Nick Robinson).

    Maid Margaret Qualley and BJ Harrison for Netflix

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    2. The raw, vulnerable performances

    One highlight: Qualley’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), who plays Alex’s bipolar artist mother, Paula. The free spirit tolerated mistreatment from men, setting a destructive example for her daughter.

    3. A reminder we’re not alone

    A network of women help Alex help herself, including her neighbor at a shelter, feisty Danielle (Aimee Carrero), who insists on collecting wages withheld by prickly homeowner Regina (Anika Noni Rose) — the one who reaches out when Alex finally cracks.

    Maid, Streaming Now, Netflix

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