Taking place in a Chilean sex hotel, Valentina Mac-Pherson & Patricia Correa's The Woman and the Passenger is an intimate portrait centered around the maids who work there. These woman are completely unphased by the environment in which they work, sharing their lives with the viewer as well as their views on love, romance, marriage and sex. The Woman and The Passenger is a film with lots of promise, but unfortunately it comes off as more a story revolving around the maids gossip than any profound themes. The film is quite comical, with the woman routinely oblivious to the moans and groans which echo throughout the hotel, but I was really hoping for more substance. The aesthetic of the film is by far it's greatest attribute, with an abundance of well composed static shots that effectively establish the setting of the film, capturing the details of this strange world which is just part of these woman's everyday life. The juxtaposition of their work with the sex trade is a powerful idea, with the film containing a few great moments of interest, with some of woman speaking about their marriage and the relationship between love and lust but unfortunately they are few and far between. I would almost argue that The Woman and the Passenger is simply too short to engross the viewer in its themes but at the same time I question if the story has enough going for it to begin with. Valentina Mac-Pherson & Patricia Correa's The Woman and the Passenger has a fascinating premise but unfortunately it just doesn't have all that much to say.
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