The Cleaning Lady / Jon Knautz

  • Country and year: USA 2018
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Director: Jon Knautz
  • Writer: Alexis Kendra, Jon Knautz
  • Producer(s): Alexis Kendra, Jon Knautz
  • Cinematographer: Joshua Allen
  • Music: Russ Howard III
  • Cast: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig
  • Format: DCP

”If you discovered a creepy, heavily-disfigured young woman in your apartment, brandishing a large dead rat, would you invite her to stay for dinner? Well, in that case, you only have yourself to blame for what follows… Expanding on their original short of the same name, director Jon Knautz and writer-star Alexis Kendra’s black-hearted fable is a ruthlessly uncomfortable exploration of sexual and gender politics, aspiration and obsession. With its candy-coloured Californian suburban setting, stylised, larger-than-life characters, and sudden, shocking tonal shifts between darkly comic and deeply disturbing, it plays like an episode of Desperate Housewives written by Ryû Murakami, with Rachel Alig giving a genuinely terrifying performance in the title role; her quiet, almost monotone delivery and eerie stillness a chilling contrast to her sudden bursts of hysterical possessiveness and brutal violence. Loneliness can be a terrible thing. But the wrong choice of friendship can be far worse.” – Grimmfest


”A film that is truly twisted on every level”
– Dax Ebaben / Bloody Disgusting

”Visually impressive and effective chiller”
– Sebastian Zavala Kahn / ScreenAnarchy

”[Knautz is] one of the genre’s most interesting filmmakers working today”
– Heather Wixson / Daily Dead

“Dolls itself up in increasingly agonising suspense”
– Anton Bitel / SciFi Now

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