Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced the U.S. theatrical release of The Second Mother / Quele Horas Ela Volta?, the acclaimed film by Brazilian director Anna Muylaert, starring the great Regina Casé, one of the South American country’s finest actors.
The film had its world premiere to great critical and popular acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it received the Special Jury Prize for Acting, and then went on to play the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
“Beautifully written and acted with precision” (Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter) The Second Mother will open Friday, August 28 at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, and the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, before expanding to other cities, including Miami, Boston, Chicago, Portland, and D.C., throughout the fall.
An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas,
The Second Mother centers around Val (played by Casé), a hard-working 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.
However, 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.