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A powerful comedy on class struggle in Brazil

A powerful comedy on class struggle in Brazil
By Euronews

<p>This week in Cinema Box: a pearl of Brazilian comedy. ‘The Second Mother’ by Anna Muylaert is a comedy based on class struggle in a country undergoing sweeping change.</p> <p>The film tells the story of a maid working for a rich São Paulo family. Val is considered a member of the family, she has raised her boss’ son as if he were her own, but she sleeps in a small room at the back of the house.</p> <p>One day, the maid’s daughter arrives in town to pass her university entrance tests. The balance within the household implodes. </p> <p><img src="http://www.euronews.com/media/download/articlepix/volta-cb22-bb1-260615.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Portraying the social inequalities of modern Brazilian society, Anna Muylaert avoids clichés, showing the complexity of the characters and taking the viewer down unexpected paths. </p> <p>The film’s many comedy moments pay homage to lead actress Regina Case’s great talent.</p> <p>‘The Second Mother’, which took the audience award in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, offers a healthy mix of sarcasm and hope. We hope you enjoy the film, see you soon.</p>