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      The Second Mother

      R Released Aug 28, 2015 1h 52m Drama TRAILER for The Second Mother: Trailer List The Second Mother: Trailer The Second Mother: Trailer 2:25 View more videos
      97% Tomatometer 93 Reviews 90% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Unspoken class barriers that exist within a home come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Second Mother's compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that's beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.

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      Tara Brady Irish Times Writer/director Anna Muylaert's beautifully shot, frequently comical take on the 'second mother' phenomenon sets the film apart from other explorations of similar material. Rated: 4/5 Mar 2, 2016 Full Review Stephanie Merry Washington Post All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 24, 2015 Full Review Ben Sachs Chicago Reader The characters are so accustomed to keeping up appearances that they can't bring themselves to say what's bugging them. Their interactions may be mild, but the claustrophobic imagery creates the sense of being trapped in a powder keg. Rated: 3/4 Sep 17, 2015 Full Review Jennifer Merin Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert's The Second Mother is a beautifully crafted drama about the interaction between wealthy urban Latin American families and their maids, most of whom come from impoverished rural environments. Oct 12, 2021 Full Review Nikki Baughan Muylaert's expert, nuanced exploration of inter-familial relationships, particularly those between women, is a joy to behold, played beautifully by the exceptional cast. Sep 29, 2021 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Muylaert makes it very moving with his observation on mother-to-child relationships. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Jul 21, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      rochany S Maravilhoso, uma crítica social sensacional e foda. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review Marco B I loved it, simply AMAZING, the film addresses several important issues, with incredible delicacy and sensitivity. He manages to show the reality of Brazil in a raw and sensitive way, and in a sensitive and realistic way, I don't understand how there are so many people who have never seen this work, Regina Casé's performance is simply incredible, she manages to give depth and authenticity to the character which is CRAZY, the way she portrays Val is so natural and engaging that it's impossible not to get emotional. The direction is magnificent, it manages to show the different perspectives of the characters without ever getting lost in the narrative. The film is technically impeccable, the photography is beautiful and the soundtrack complements it perfectly, it is a film that touches the heart and the mind, and that deserves to be seen and discussed, not only as entertainment, but also as a form of reflection and awareness. , there is one of the proofs that when Brazilian cinema wants to make a film with personality, it succeeds. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/05/23 Full Review Vito O filme me fez chorar mt pika Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/01/23 Full Review Audience Member The Second Mother is a brilliant movie that exposes the Brazilian reality of how northeastern and housekeepers are treat in upper and middle class houses. The movie starts with Val going to pick up her daughter, Jessica, at the airport and presenting her to her employers. Val, who had lived for a long time with that family, treats them with love and affection as if they are family. But when Jessica comes to live with her, the girl realizes that both are treated with disdain and ulterior motives. Personally, it is sad to watch how Val is treated and not notice anything until her daughter arrives to help her to be free and enjoy her life, but it's also necessary to show how the Northeasterners and the working class are treated until today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The award-winning film "A segunda mãe" ("Que horas ela volta?"), was released in 2015 and directed by Anna Muylaert, with Regina Casé as the protagonist and screenwriter. "A segunda mãe" ("Que horas ela volta?") tells the story of Val, a northeastern woman who moved to São Paulo in search of a job, leaving her young daughter Jessica behind. In São Paulo, Val works as a domestic servant for a family, raises Fabinho, son of the couple for whom she works, and lives in the employers' house. Val used to work 24 hours a day, every day of the week, in a situation that has many similarities with the work done in other times by the enslaved black women. It is a painful film, which brings clear criticisms about the difference between social classes, emigration, prejudices and xenophobia and the fantasy of meritocracy. "A Segunda mãe" ("Que horas ela volta?") is a film that denounces several social problems of Brazil, but extols and encourages women like Val to come out of invisibility and have their humanity and value fully recognized. We still have a long way to go in this direction as a society, but this movie, with all the repercussion and discussion it has generated, can be considered a small step in the right direction. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member In addition to promoting a debate about the relationship between mothers and their children, this production mainly addresses issues of class, showing two different realities of life (employer / employee). Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Unspoken class barriers that exist within a home come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.
      Anna Muylaert
      Fabiano Gullane, Débora Ivanov, Gabriel Lacerda, Anna Muylaert
      Anna Muylaert
      Oscilloscope Laboratories
      Production Co
      Gullane, Africa Filmes, Globo Filmes
      R (Some Language|Brief Drug Use)
      Original Language
      Portuguese (Brazil)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 28, 2015, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 24, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 52m
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