The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Second Mother's compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that's beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.
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Critic Reviews for The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)
The movie examines what it means to be a mother - is it a matter of proximity or of love? And what are we to do when those two pieces are at odds?
All the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.
The characters are so accustomed to keeping up appearances that they can't bring themselves to say what's bugging them. Their interactions may be mild, but the claustrophobic imagery creates the sense of being trapped in a powder keg.
Though hardly revolutionary, "Mother" subverts conventions - both cinematic and social.
The Second Mother is an interesting look at generational and class divides in Brazil, without the feel of a lecture or lesson.
Audience Reviews for The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)
Regina Casé is wonderful at the center of a marvelous character study that is equally hilarious and thought-provoking as it comments - always in an intelligent and honest way - on matters like class differences in a country that has been undergoing surprising social changes.
At the heart of The Second Mother is a warm, humorous, gently nuanced performance from Regina Casé, a veteran actress of the Brazilian stage and TV. Her daughter's contemptuous attitude arises out of Jessica's refusal to accept the social class disparity that separates her mother from her supervisors. Val's exasperated protestations are amusing, but also quite reasonable. You sympathize with Val. There is a resilience and dignity to her within her deferential demeanor. Her strained relationship with her own daughter is contrasted with the beloved esteem to which her employers' son, regards her. And why shouldn't he? Val raised him from a toddler to adolescence, while her biological offspring is but a stranger to her. Ironically Fabinho's connection with his own mother is more distant. This slight, at times inconsequential drama, ambles along at a leisurely pace through a series of circumstances that underlie hierarchical social categories in South American life. The examination culminates more with a whimper than a bang, but the journey to get there is fairly interesting nonetheless. fastfilmreviews.com
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|Val:||I am talking about Jessica, it's not for you to talk about Jessica!|
|Val:||Show me some respect I'm your Mother!|
|Val:||No one can explain it, you're born knowing it.|
|Val:||Don't even look at this pool Jessica.|