Review: ‘The Second Mother’ Magnifies Class and Family

Estelle Eiserloh ’19 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Regina Case
Camila Mardial and Regina Case in The Second Mother. Photo Credit: Oscilloscope Pictures. 
The Second Mother, a Brazilian film, reveals a heart warming story that will leave you smiling at the end. A nanny of a prominent Brazilian family, Val, has her daughter, Jessica, come and stay with her before her entrance exams for college. Val has been the crux of the Sao Paulo family at the expense of her own family considering she hasn’t seen her daughter in ten years. Jessica’s stay begins well but slowly starts to dwindle when she defies Brazilian class standards as well as part of the Sao Paulo family. The Second Mother tells a story of new relationships, motherhood, and class divisions.
A moving performance given by the talented cast will leave you speechless. Val (Regina Case) gives a heart warming performance along with her daughter Jessica (Camila Mardial). Regina Case displays a strong central character with her performance of a mother and nanny as she tries to figure out her calling in life. The class divisions of Brazil are also strongly portrayed throughout The Second Mother enlightening the audience of a situation with such raw emotion displayed by the characters as well as the plot.
Regina Case in The Second Mother. Photo Credit: Oscilloscope Pictures.
Regina Case in The Second Mother. Photo Credit: Oscilloscope Pictures.
Not only is the plot very moving but the script only adds to the film’s emotional feeling. There are times of serious dilemmas as well as comic relief leaving the audience laughing and crying often. Not to mention the cinematography of the film tells a story of its own. The audience is taken from one beautiful room to the next. The viewer will seldomly get bored as the colors are vibrant and the scenes engaging. The performance of The Second Mother is well worth the hour and fifty four minutes as you will soon find yourself learning new things about generational gaps and the Brazilian class system in an appealing way. The film not only is beautifully done but it also makes you think about who one chooses to spend their time with and the importance of family.
Overall Grade: A
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