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Val is a housekeeper for a wealthy family in São Paulo. She is close with every family member, and acts as the title would suggest – as a second mother, but there are clear reminders of her status. One is the sheer amount of work she has to do, from cooking to cleaning and responding to random demands.
Val’s estranged daughter visits her, a bright kid who is on her way to university. This brings out more of the maid/employer dynamics: if Val is “family”, why would she and her daughter have to sleep in a small cramped room when the guest room is empty?
Questions like these threaten the family’s balance and the uneasy existence that millions around the world have as housekeepers.
It’s a great and well-thought-out drama, one that would make the perfect centerpiece for a movie night or a movie club pick.
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