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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
34 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »





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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Originally titled The Kitchen Door, it was based on Muylaert's own experience with a nanny who cared for her son after he left his own daughter. See more »


Solidão Nº4
Written by Vitor Araújo
Performed by Vitor Araújo
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Class Conflict and Generation Gap
18 March 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In São Paulo, the housekeeper Val (Regina Casé) has been working for Carlos (Lourenço Mutarelli) and Bárbara (Karine Teles) in their elegant house at Morumbi since their teenager son Fabinho (Michel Joelsas) since he was a child. Her estranged teenager daughter Jéssica (Camila Márdila), who lives in Pernambuco, was raised by her father and another woman but financially supported by Val. When Jéssica calls her mother to tell that she will travel to São Paulo to do the entrance exam for one of the best universities in São Paulo, Val asks permission to her employers to bring Jéssica to her room. They agree and the teenager is welcomed by the family. But soon she becomes a problem to Val since she does not follow the usual submission of maids, breaking the class barriers in the house and bringing disturbance to the relationships.

"Que Horas Ela Volta?" is a low-budget Brazilian film with an original story of class conflict and generation gap. Regina Casé has an outstanding performance in the role of a woman incapable to raise her own daughter since she needs to work as nanny of the son of her employers. She seeks redemption in the end expecting to raise her grandson. The cast is magnificent and the feeling of guilty of Val is easy to be understood. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Que Horas Ela Volta?" ("At What Time Does She Come Back?")

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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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