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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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Anna Muylaert

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Anna Muylaert
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Cast

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
Audrey Lima Lopes Audrey Lima Lopes ... Fabinho Criança
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Storyline

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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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una segunda madre See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,086, 30 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,723, 6 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Brazil's official submission to the 2016's Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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SOLIDÃO Nº4
Written by Vitor Araújo
Performed by Vitor Araújo
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18 January 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

It's not everyday that we get a film like this, not willing to really dive into the political, social issues that pervade everyday life, and the cultural barriers and differences that micro- aggressions really make. The acting in this is superb, especially from Regina Case. It's all very natural and in the vein of real life, to an almost unbearably disturbing extent. The screenplay and directing are superb. None of it is at all showy, but it all builds up to quietly powerful, and deeply emotional, moments and scenes. The characterization is rich and it all really sneaks up on you in terms of its effect. definitely recommended, although it's not for those wanting loud or showy extravaganza.


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