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).
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