The second mother

The second mother

DVD - 2015 | Portuguese
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The story centers on 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 shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Mongrel Media,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SEC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Jan 28, 2018

A very enjoyable film. Well acted and a great story.

This presents a different take on being a mother and earning a living. I was not sure if this was a cultural thing - but the fact that a mother would leave her young daughter for 10 years to go be a caregiver far away for someone else's child seems unusual. I had trouble accepting this premise. Is it common in Portugal? Was it common at some time? Or is this just one woman's way of dealing with her life?

ArapahoeLesley Mar 29, 2017

An excellent film highlighting the divide between those who are served and those who serve.

Oct 11, 2016

A wonderfully lighthearted comedy that manages to skewer middle-class foibles without the usual vitriol and sarcasm. In the role of Val, Regina Casé delivers pure comedy gold!

Jun 18, 2016

good depiction of the intergenerational mis/understanding of not stepping out of your 'station' in the server society. chilling use of the words 'almost a part'...

this is Brazil - but it could be anywhere where the wealthy rely on the invisibility of servants.

Apr 23, 2016

A good film about the class system in Brazil; well-acted.

Mar 27, 2016

This is a quiet film with warmth and unexpected humor. Regina Case is superlative.

d2013 Mar 03, 2016

A quiet kind of movie until Jessica, the housekeeper's daughter, comes and stirs things up. Good film!

Feb 26, 2016

A nice story about mothers love - it think it was a great film

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