Directed by Anna Muylaert • 2015 • Brazil
Starring Regina Casé, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles
An excitingly fresh take on classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking live-in housekeeper in São Paulo. Val 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 daughter Jéssica (Camila Márdila) suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious and refuses to accept the prevailing upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.