Unspoken class barriers within a home are challenged when the live-in housekeeper’s daughter suddenly appears.
Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Anna Muylaert
WED. MAR. 2, 2016 @ 6:30pm
MIT campus, Building 6
Sponsored by MIT Global Studies and Languages • MISTI-Brazil • Women’s and Gender Studies, Women Take the Reel Film Festival
The Second Mother
n excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking 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 (Camila Márdila) 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.