Exclusive Clip: THE SECOND MOTHER, Ice Cream And A Stubborn Girl
Described as a 20-year passion project for director Anna Muylaert, the Brazilian film explores the differences that exist between a live-in housekeeper (Regina Casé) and her employer (Karine Teles), differences that are brought into focus when the housekeeper's long-estranged teenage daughter (Camila Márdila) shows up and throws the carefully-ordered household into chaos.
It seems that the housekeeper moved away when her daughter was quite young. Now that the girl is reunited with her mother, the habits they have developed over the years -- the mother subservient to her employer, the daughter quite independent because of the way she was raised -- create conflict. In the clip, the mother leaves the kitchen briefly, giving her daughter a chance to raid the icebox and "borrow" the personal ice cream of the employer's son Fabinho.
The Second Mother screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals earlier this year. As noted, it opens in the U.S. on Friday; you can watch the clip below.