As a corrective to ‘The White Lotus,’ the Mexican film ‘The Chambermaid’ puts the manual labor of a hotel’s housekeeper front and center

As a corrective to ‘The White Lotus,’ the Mexican film ‘The Chambermaid’ puts the manual labor of a hotel’s housekeeper front and center
Jennifer Coolidge plays a guest at a tropical resort and Murray Bartlett the concierge in the HBO series "The White Lotus." - Mario Perez/HBO/TNS

“The White Lotus,” which wrapped its first season on HBO last week, is a show preoccupied with the inner lives of a group of wealthy white guests at a Hawaiian resort. But the characters who make that hotel stay so plush and cushy? Underwritten and underdeveloped. We never go home with any of the staff. We never see or hear about their lives outside of work. They exist only as a reactive presence to the people they’re employed to serve. It’s such a thin way of constructing a story, even one meant to skewer the guests themselves. There were so many interesting roads not taken in “The White Lotu...

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