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The Second Mother (2015)

Que Horas Ela Volta? (original title)
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When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

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Val
Michel Joelsas ...
Fabinho
Camila Márdila ...
Jéssica
Karine Teles ...
Bárbara
Lourenço Mutarelli ...
Carlos
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Edna
Bete Dorgam ...
Janaina
Luis Miranda ...
Antonio Jardineiro
Theo Werneck ...
Vandré
Luci Pereira ...
Raimunda
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Diléia
Hugo Villavicenzio ...
Peruano
Roberto Camargo ...
Reporter
Alex Huszar ...
Caveira
Audrey Lima Lopes ...
Fabinho Criança
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Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in São Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jéssica, in Pernambuco, in the northeast of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jéssica wants to come to São Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jéssica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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28 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una segunda madre  »

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Budget:

BRL 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,086 (USA) (28 August 2015)

Gross:

$375,723 (USA) (4 December 2015)
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2.35 : 1
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Swiss censorship visa # 1010.698. See more »

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ÁGUAS DE MARÇO
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (uncredited)
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Nuanced and tender social study.
15 September 2015 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Brazilian filmmaking won me over a lot last year with the sensitive, funny and uplifting The Way He Looks, now I'm back in Brazil's court with the endearing The Second Mother. Their filmmakers doing domestic drama the way America should be, taking it in humanistic ways without over-complication. It's a simple setup, one organic and truthful despite how nuanced the drama is. When Val's estranged teenage daughter comes to stay with the affluent family she lives with and serves, the balance is upset by her simply using their pool and eating their ice cream. It highlights the social constructs which are assumed with certain boundaries and duties. The family considers Val part of the family, but far from treats her like one, and Regina Case's performance as Val is effortless and stellar. The film points out those hypocrisies in a well defined, lightly comedic and dramatically satisfying way. Writer/director Anna Muylaert knows how to play all her cards right, including careful mise en scene to distinguish the dichotomies between class and their spaces. The film is a whisper with its quiet drama, but its implications are loud, striking a tender chord.

8/10


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