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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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Genres:

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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Trivia

In early drafts of the script Jéssica came to São Paulo to become a hairdresser and after failing ended the film by becoming a nanny like her mother. See more »

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SOLIDÃO Nº4
Written by Vitor Araújo
Performed by Vitor Araújo
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Best Brazilian movie since Central Station
13 September 2015 | by eduardo_zdanowiczSee all my reviews

This movie does a exceptional analysis of the modern Brazilian society, showing the difference of classes and how this is deal inside the family houses. The viewers of the movie start seeing themselves in the role of the employers of the housemaids and realize that actually they already did a lot of situations that they consider absurd. This start causing a discomfort on the the spectator and make them think in the model of society that they live. With a strong direction but still feel free for improvisation, this movie is one of the best Brazilian in years. Since Central Station we do not see a movie that is so well related to Brazilian reality of segregation and difference of classes. Perfect performances (not only of the main roles, but all characters in the movie), beautiful photography and really well done soundtrack this movie put again Brazil on the track of countries who can show their reality in their own way.


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