The Second Mother

Directed by: Anna Muylaert


Total Runtime: 112 min

Country of Origin: Brazil

Special Jury Prize, Acting, Sundance; Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival; Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival.

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“Lovingly handcrafted. All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.”

Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post

Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in Sao Paulo, is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, whom she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged and vocal daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the household is thrown into disarray, and the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home begin to weaken. University-bound Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and she refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. In Portuguese with English subtitles.