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Que Horas Ela Volta? (2015)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Val
Michel Joelsas ... Fabinho
Camila Márdila ... Jéssica
... Bárbara
Lourenço Mutarelli ... Carlos
... Edna
Bete Dorgam ... Janaina
Luis Miranda ... Antonio Jardineiro
Theo Werneck ... Vandré
Luci Pereira ... Raimunda
Anapaula Csernik ... Diléia
Hugo Villavicenzio ... Peruano
Roberto Camargo ... Reporter
Alex Huszar ... Caveira
Audrey Lima Lopes ... Fabinho Criança


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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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una segunda madre  »

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Box Office


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 »


Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (uncredited)
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Examining Brazilian class differences: "This country is really changing"
2 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

"The Second Mother" (2015 release from Brazil; 112 min.; original title "Que Horas Ela Volta?" or "What Time Will She Be Back?") brings the story of Val, who has been working as a live-in maid for many years (later we learn it's about 15 years) at a well-off family in Sao Paolo. She's part of the family, yet of course knows the rules of the do's and don't's that come with being the maid. Then out of the blue appears Val's daughter Jessica, whom she hasn't seen in years. Jessica wants to study to take the entrance test at the FAU (Architecture and Urbanization School). As it happens, Fabinho, the son of the family, is as well. On top of that, Jessica has different ideas as to what rules she should or shouldn't abide by, being the daughter of the live-in maid. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments; this is the latest movie from noted Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert (a very Belgian name indeed). She has previously brought us "The Year My Parents Went On Vacation", among others. Here she looks at the class differences in Brazilian society, something that Brazilian cinema has a long history and track record in. There are a number of telling scenes in the movie, none more so (for me anyway) when Jessica tells the well-off family that she plans to take the notoriously difficult and selective FAU entrance exam. "This country is really changing" mutters the mother, in what could be a positive way, but really is a condescending tone. While the movie is billed as a drama, there are plenty of lighter moments in it as well, usually courtesy of Regina Case in the role of Val. The whole movie is on her shoulder, and she does is with a wink and a smile. As to the movie's US title, which departs significantly from the original title, you will see in the movie that there are several ways to interpret that. One minor negative is that the movie is a bit long for its own good. With some tighter editing, this could've been about 15 min. shorter without losing much. But in the end it's a minor quibble.

I saw this movie on what turned out to be the last day of its one week run at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. Not surprisingly, the early evening screening where I saw this at was not well attended. Maybe this will find a second life when it comes out on DVD. If you are in the mood for a top quality foreign movie that's short on 'action' but long on substance, you cannot go wrong with this, be it at the theater, on VOD or on DVD/Blu-ray. "The Second Mother" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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