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The Second Mother

The Second Mother

Val is a live-in housekeeper to a wealthy São Paulo family with a teenage son, whom she’s lovingly raised since toddlerhood. Everyone in the house has their place, until Val’s daughter, Jessica, arrives from Val’s hometown to take university entrance exams. Jessica’s confident and rebellious presence upsets the unspoken yet strict balance of power in the household. Val must decide where her allegiances lie, and what she’s willing to sacrifice.


The Second Mother


Anna Muylaert

Year of Release:





Portuguese, with English subtitles

Type / Genre:

Narrative Feature


111 minutes




Mon 21 Sept, 9.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Thu 24 Sept, 1.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Caribbean Premiere

About the Director(s):

Anna Muylaert

Anna Muylaert

Anna Muylaert was born in 1964. She studied filmmaking at the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo before becoming a film critic. In 2002, she directed her first feature, Durval Discos. The Second Mother is her fourth film.

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