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The Second Mother(Que Horas Ela Volta?)

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Brazil · 2015
Rated R · 1h 52m
Director Anna Muylaert
Starring Regina Casé, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles, Lourenço Mutarelli
Genre Drama

After leaving her daughter, Jessica, in Pernambuco to be raised by relatives, Val spends thirteen years working as a nanny in São Paulo. Jessica reappears and seems to want to give her mother a second chance, but has not been raised to be a servant and her very existence turns Val’s routine on its head.

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Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

A touching look into the intersections of class and race in Brazil and their implications on a personal scale. Though Muylaert doesn't exactly provide solutions to the sticky dynamics (how could she?), she captures the complex mixture of discomfort and love, sincerity and prejudice that characterize those relationships with realism and empathy. To me, it's enough to leave audiences pondering the questions themselves.

Nina Gallagher Profile picture for Nina Gallagher

The Second Mother is a heartwarming and eye-opening film about family and class connections in the affluent metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil. The relationships between the women are complex and allow the audience to understand how the intersections of race and class affect the everyday lives of working people in Brazil. Anna Muylaert crafts an interesting, comedic, and emotional tale of a mother's love and the sacrifices some are willing to take to provide for their families.

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CineVue by

This brilliant, beautifully observed comedy is a joy to watch throughout. The Second Mother's narrative works on so many levels, reflected in the film's ambiguous title, and the characterisation is flawless.


Village Voice by Amy Nicholson

As we switch sympathies from scene to scene, Muylaert forces us to think big about the clash between idealism and acceptance, a philosophical war that spills beyond the walls of this small story into every corner of our own lives.


Screen International by Dan Fainaru

Touching, funny, perceptive and simple enough to carry large audiences, The Second Mother is carried throughout by a hilarious, intelligent and soulful performance from veteran Brazilian actress, comedian and TV host Regina Case, surrounded by a solid supporting cast.


Variety by Geoff Berkshire

The script is executed with enough naturalism to ward off complaints of contrivance — all the way up to a tidy, but quite satisfying, denouement.

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