The Maid's Room

Movie | Release date: 08/28/2014 | Film release: 2013 | Format: CD, Download
Limited edition: 300 copies

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# Track   Duration
2.The House2:16
3.The Curtain0:59
4.The Gun1:16
5.Brandon Arrives/The Following Morning3:48
6.Parents Arrive2:05
7.Drina Figures It Out2:51
8.The Dream2:18
9.Humiliation/Trying to Escape4:45
10.The Road1:59
11.Reality Check4:38
12.The Cross2:45
14.Defending the House6:22
15.The End1:39
16.Drina's Theme from "The Maid's Room"3:58
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The Maid's Room - 10/10 - Review of John Mansell, submitted at
THE MAIDS ROOM is the latest offering from film maker Michael Walker who wrote the screenplay and also directed the picture. The movie contains an accomplished and polished musical score which is the work of relative newcomer composer Arturo Rodriguez. The Mexican born maestro’s score works well on a number of levels, by this I mean that it works wonderfully as a film score and also it functions just as well as music on a stand alone basis away from any cinematic images. The films storyline is a tangled and tense one and the composer has underlined and matched the tense and involved scenario with a score that seems to weave its self around the web of deceit and lies that is unfolding before the watching audience, he underlines dramatic moments with dark and somewhat sinister chords and also enhances the softer periods within the movie with fragile and melodic tone poems. The music also acts as a smouldering and subdued accompaniment to the danger that is surrounding the films central character which is beginning to become more and more evident as the story progresses, a danger that she herself does not seem to be aware of. The composer’s slightly subdued but powerful underscore creating an ominous and brooding atmosphere, which is saying to the audience “All is not right here”. In a number of ways the score does rekindle memories of Jerry Goldsmith’s sensual and alluring music for BASIC INSTINCT and also has certain affiliations with the same composer’s soundtrack to MALICE. THE MAIDS ROOM is a steamy and edgy work, which although is for the most part like an alluring glowing ember in a dying fire still has the energy and vibrant capacity to at times burst into flames and deliver potent and commanding musical moments. The core theme which is also the foundation of the entire score is for the movies central character Drina who is the Maid in the title of the movie. She witnesses her affluent employee’s son coming in one night drunk and parking his damaged car in the garage which is next to her room. The next day she sees that there has been a hit and run and soon realises that it is the spoilt son that has been involved in the incident, instead of going to the police she decides to use the information she has to her advantage and basically hold her employees to ransom. Rodriguez’s haunting score mesmerises and delights and lulls one into a false sense of well being and security yet all the time is building tension and creating dark and thickly ominous tangled musical passages that are themselves elevating and embellishing the action on screen. The use of delicate solo piano within the score is particularly poignant and affecting and is attractively apparent in the opening of the score and also present in a fuller form in the final cue on the compact disc. Poignancy, drama, tension and romantic undertones what more could you possibly want. This is a score that I know will be popular with collectors and also I am confident that we will be hearing a lot more from Arturo Rodriguez.
THE MAIDS ROOM is a richly dark and intense physiological thriller which is set in the affluent area of the east end of Long Island, where the movie was actually filmed. It centres on an attractive Latina immigrant who is as intelligent as she is beautiful. Drina takes a job as a live in maid at the home of the Crawfords who are a well heeled New York family that have a summer home in the Hamptons. Drina’s duties as live-in maid include taking care of Brandon and his pampered friends. One day she notices that Brandon’s car has damage to it and also has traces of blood on the bodywork. After seeing the local newspaper where a fatal hit and run collision is reported Drina begins to realize that it is Brandon who is responsible.

The musical score, which is as dark and also taught as the storyline itself, is the work of composer Arturo Rodríguez. Born in Monterrey, México, Rodríguez’s musical studies began at the Music Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Texas Christian University and Butler University. He is a Sundance Music Lab Composer Fellow (2010) and has been a selected participant for the ASCAP Film Scoring Worskhop in Hollywood, CA (2003), the ASPEN Film Scoring Workshop (2001) and the 11th New York University Composers Seminar (2003). Some of his academic and professional influences include pianists José Feghali and Panayis Lyras; conductors Germán Gutiérrez and Stanley DeRusha; and composers Blas Emilio Atehortúa, Richard Bellis and John Williams. He has collaborated as orchestrator with composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stewart Copeland and has acted as orchestrator, pianist and also conductor for numerous film and media projects, which include ASSASSINS CREED IV BLACK FLAG-FREEDOM CRY, ELEMENTAL, ZIPPER and Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT.

THE MAIDS ROOM is an accomplished and polished work which works so well with the images on screen but also has the ability to stand alone as just music to be listened to savoured and enjoyed. Rodriguez is almost lulling the listener into a false sense of security and well being with his richly emotive theme for Drina with its delicate piano solo and plaintive woodwind that are punctuated by harp, the music radiates an even greater warmth as the string section are ushered into the piece but still retains a fragility that is mesmerising. This central theme is heard throughout the score either fleetingly or in more sustained arrangements and becomes not just the theme that accompanies the films central character but also the foundation of the score. The composer weaves his simple but effective motif for Drina into the fabric of the score and it acts like a musical adhesive that binds the remainder of the soundtrack together. This is the first soundtrack penned by Arturo Rodriguez to be released by Kronos Records, his talent is immense and his gift for melody is outstanding. Watch out for this truly talented Mexican composer.

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