The Second Mother tell the story of Val, the kind of live-in housekeeper who takes her work seriously. She serves her wealthy São Paulo employers day in and day out while lovingly nannying their teenage son whom she’s raised since toddlerhood. Everyone and everything in the elegant house has its place until one day, Val’s ambitious, clever daughter Jessica arrives from Val’s hometown to take the college entrance exams. Jessica’s confident, youthful presence upsets the unspoken yet strict balance of power in the household; Val must decide where her allegiances lie and what she’s willing to sacrifice.
Written and Directed by Anna Muylaert, the film has been awarded major prizes at both the Sundance and Berlin film festivals and is playing at the Film4 Summer Screen as the Summer Screen Spotlight, The Second Mother is in theatres August 28th, and opens in the UK in September.
If you live in Toronto, you can enter for a chance to win passes to see an advance screening of The Second Mother on August 26th. Enter here: http://scenecreek.com/contests/the-second-mother/