La nana (2009) is the second film of chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. The story, as it´s names suggests, revolves around a maid that has been working with the same family for the last 23 years. (The literal translation for nana is nanny)
The script was written by Silva who wrote this wonderful screenplay with Pedro Peirano (who also wrote Academy Award nominated film No)
The plot has a lot of positive things. To begin with, it only establishes one location (the family home), which means that the cost of production was really low (this is something that we, aspiring filmmakers should always keep in mind).
However, the most valuable thing of the movie is its perfect narrative; it turns simplicity into its best asset. We witness Raquel´s profound transformation (the character is played beautifully by Catalina Saavedra) from bitter maid, to a woman with an identity. She truly is one of the most memorable characters in recent years.
The film also exposes Latin-American (and african, as a matter of fact) reality. The way our economic system and social inequity allows us to have employers that are part family, part slaves.
However, Silva has been very clear: he never planned to make a political film, just to show reality, with all of its shades. He wanted to recreate the guilt he felt while growing up: "sometimes I felt that we have kidnapped our maid", he said.
The film is dedicated to Silva´s nannys (who collaborated on the movie) and it was shot at Silva´s parents house.