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Netflix Fans In Tears Over Emotional Abuse Scenes In Maid

Joanna Freedman

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Netflix Fans In Tears Over Emotional Abuse Scenes In Maid

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Netflix's Maid has pulled in incredible reviews since it landed on the streamer, scoring 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

And it's not hard to see why the TV show has such a glowing response, given the hard hitting themes it covers, which are all too relatable to many.

The show centres around 25-year-old Alex (Margaret Qualley) - a mother who is burnt out, and worn down at the hands of her emotionally abusive, alcoholic boyfriend Sean (played by Nick Robinson).

After things hit breaking point, Alex decides she has no choice but to leave her partner, taking her two-year-old daughter, Maddy, and fleeing their home.

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A government worker tells Alex she can file a police report, but this is where the dangerous grey area is illuminated.

“And say what?” Alex asks, "That he didn’t hit me?”

It turns out that in the absence of her partner's physical violence, there is much less that can be done, despite his vile, and all too serious emotionally abusive behaviour.

The series follows the 25-year-old as a single mum (Credit: Netflix)
The series follows the 25-year-old as a single mum (Credit: Netflix)

As well as highlighting the legal issues surrounding reporting emotional abuse, the series also illuminates the problems Alex - and tonnes of women like her - face thereafter.

Alex can't get subsidised housing without a job, but without daycare she's at a loss of what to do - and to get that you need proof of employment.

It really seems like an endless loop.

To make matters worse, Alex's parents, Hank (Billy Burke) and Paula (Andie MacDowell), don't seem to get the severity of the situation, suggesting her split with Sean is just a phase.

Alex leaves her abusive ex (Credit: Netflix)
Alex leaves her abusive ex (Credit: Netflix)

Plus, even she begins to doubt what she has been through, highlighting just how hard emotional abuse is to define, even for those who have been through it.

Reacting to the highly emotive series, one person wrote: "Extraordinary series & phenomenal acting!!! As a dv survivor & young mother I cried, laughed, applauded, advised & celebrated @Netflix #Maid is a must see!!!"

"This Netflix series Maid is really good….if you’ve been through any of this you shall relate….#Maid #Netflix," said another.

A third insisted: "Just finished #maid on Netflix. Amazing. It hits hard on so many levels; intense, heartbreaking, cathartic and incredibly well acted by all involved.

"This one's a must-watch folks - and that ending is pure perfection."

A fourth penned: "Shows hit so differently when you actually have a child #MAID has me in tears".

Joanna Freedman
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