The Second Mother

Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother. Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relat

click to enlarge Regina Casé and Camila Márdila in 'The Second Mother'
Regina Casé and Camila Márdila in 'The Second Mother'

Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother. Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relatives in order to make a good living. When her daughter comes to São Paulo to live with her while prepping for her college entrance exams, Val winds up in the midst of a personal crisis that she cannot clean up so easily. (Opens Friday at Mariemont Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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