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A nanny stroking a boy's hair tenderly.
The Second Mother

Film

The Second Mother

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Infrequent moderate coarse language

6 Sep

Unspoken class barriers in a home come crashing down when a housekeeper's daughter visits. Val is the kind of live-in housekeeper who takes her work seriously. She wears a crisp maid’s uniform while serving perfect canapés; she serves her wealthy São Paulo employers every day while lovingly nannying their teenage son whom she has raised since toddlerhood. Everyone and everything in the elegant house has its place until Val’s ambitious, clever daughter Jessica arrives.

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  • Traveling from Val’s hometown to take the college entrance exams, Jessica’s confident, youthful presence upsets the unspoken yet strict balance of power in the household. The disruption means Val must decide where her allegiances lie and what she’s willing to sacrifice.

    "This densely-layered yet fast-paced drama…dissects with both chilling precision and humor such matters as class differences, real mothers vs. caretakers, and whether privilege and one’s own station are things that can be questioned or changed," Boyd Van Joeij - The Hollywood Reporter

    Brazil's official submission to the 2016's Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film
    Winner: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2015
    Winner: C.I.C.A.E. Award, Berlin international Film Festival 2015
    Winner: Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2015
    Nominated: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2015