The most acclaimed Brazilian film of the year opens today in L.A. and New York and we have an exclusive clip. Directed by Anna Muylaert, “The Second Mother” (Que Horas Ela Volta?) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it won a Special Jury Prize for both of its leading actresses: Regina Casé and Camila Márdila. The film went on to screen at numerous major festivals around the world including Berlin, Seattle, and Sydney.
Muylaert’s film centers on Val (Casé), a hardworking housekeeper who works for a wealthy São Paolo family. Her devoted routine is disrupted when her estrange daughter Jéssica (Márdila) comes to visit her and is invited by Val’s boss to stay with them. Evidently, Val’s responsibilities as the live-in housekeeper remain the same, but now she must add the trouble of enduring Jéssica’s discontent with the obvious class divide between the elite and those, like her mother, who work for them.
In this exclusive clip this conflict within Brazilian society is delicately explored as Val’s daughter takes a tour of her mother’s boss house. Is she a guest or just the daughter of their employee?
“The Second Mother” is playing in L.A. at the Laemmle Royal Theater and in NYC at the Angelika Film Center and the Paris Theater