The Second Mother

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The Second Mother
Anna Muylaert
Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas, Camila Mardila

Val is a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. She is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. “This is the sort of savvy, socially conscious crowdpleaser that occupies a rare middle ground between genteel and intellectual world cinema.” (Variety) Brazil’s submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar.


DCP color
1 hour 52 minutes
release year/country
2015 Brazil