In a not too distant future, in the Republic of Gilead (a part of the former USA), people have largely become sterile by nuclear catastrophes and diseases. New life must be “bred” by all means, and so women are pressed into rigid roles in a totalitarian, fundamentalist system and divided into classes. Fertile women are transformed into “maids” of the leaders of society. They are supposed to provide the “commanders” with their bodies, and give birth to their children instead of their wives. Kate (Natasha Richardson), who was enslaved after a failed escape attempt, comes into the house of commander Fred (Robert Duvall) and his wife Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway ). While she has to live up to her role as a maid, she desperately tries to get back to her life – at all risks …

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