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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.


Anna Muylaert


Anna Muylaert
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Casé ... Val
Michel Joelsas Michel Joelsas ... Fabinho
Camila Márdila Camila Márdila ... Jéssica
Karine Teles ... Bárbara
Lourenço Mutarelli Lourenço Mutarelli ... Carlos
Helena Albergaria ... Edna
Bete Dorgam Bete Dorgam ... Janaina
Luis Miranda Luis Miranda ... Antonio Jardineiro
Theo Werneck Theo Werneck ... Vandré
Luci Pereira Luci Pereira ... Raimunda
Anapaula Csernik Anapaula Csernik ... Diléia
Hugo Villavicenzio Hugo Villavicenzio ... Peruano
Roberto Camargo Roberto Camargo ... Reporter
Alex Huszar Alex Huszar ... Caveira
Andrey Lima Andrey Lima ... Fabinho Criança (as Andrey Lima Lopes)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Brazil's official submission to the 2016's Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film. See more »


Águas de março
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (uncredited)
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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São Paulo Snapshot
30 August 2015 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

I believe this movie is an accurate depiction of a typical upper middle class or upper class Brazilian household. There is a clear and well defined divide between the haves and the have nots. Val the maid lives in a small room and comes from the impoverished North East of Brazil (just as former President Lula did!). I think the film maker wanted to paint a picture of stark contrasts, somewhat like a film version of Casa-Grande & Senzala by Gilberto Freyre (discussed the various classes and races in Brazil 1933). Although the mother was a pretty overbearing one percenter, I don't think she is unique and could be found anywhere! The father was pretty cool, absolutely nothing phoney about him, all up front. The movie presents the Vestibular University entrance exam system. The system does not distinguish applicants based on societal position. Also the best Universities are free, so we can all learn something from Brazil. Parabéns.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

São Paulo, Brazil See more »


Box Office


BRL4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,086, 30 August 2015

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2.35 : 1
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