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The Second Mother

HD   R

Anna Muylaert

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About the Movie

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao 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, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica 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 upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 83
  • Fresh: 80
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This Brazilian drama offers a nuanced, often funny look at family and social status, and Case's performance is both heartbreaking and hilarious. – Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 2, 2015

Fresh: It's the funny, edgy, engaging tale of a fingers-to-the-bone maid who must cope with a small-minded employer, a headstrong daughter and a changing social fabric harder to handle than the endless laundry she hangs on the clothesline. – Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 2, 2015

Fresh: Though hardly revolutionary, "Mother" subverts conventions - both cinematic and social. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Sep 17, 2015

Fresh: All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Sep 24, 2015

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Customer Reviews

The real true about brazilian culture. the elephant in the room.

To the world they are a symbol of happiness and open society but this is one of the many unspoken ugliness of brazilian society. They don’t like to talk about it but social class is big in brazil.

As a Brazilian...

... I understand and approve every piece of this movie. Powerful and realistic... I am a huge fan of Regina Casé.

Clash of Class

A great nuanced movie about family and status.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2015

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