Val is a housekeeper in Sao Paulo living in her rich employers' estate, though she knows her place. As well as keeping the house and garden spotless and cooking the family meals, she is also a nanny to the teenage boy of the family, and has been a mother figure to him for 13 years. However, the routine is disrupted when her daughter shows up out of the blue, and she has some very different ideas about her mother's status within the family when Val tries to teach her the strict boundaries that exist. She doesn't see why there should be such a difference in social status between her mother and her mother's bosses, and her repeated disregard for the unspoken class rules threatens Val's position and tests the relationships of everyone in the family. And it doesn't help that the teenage boy no sees Val as less of a nanny and more of a second mother.
Originally entitled 'Que Horas Ela Volta?', 'The Second Mother' is a Brazilian drama that has won awards at Sundance, as well as the RiverRun and Berlin International Film Festivals. Directed and written by Anna Muylaert ('The Year My Parents Went on Vacation', 'Durval Records'), the film will be released in theaters on August 28th 2015.
The season 7 premiere guests featured some cast members we haven't seen much of for a while.
This year's Rotterdam event was definitely one to remember.