10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Que horas ela volta (The Second Mother) (2016 Feature Film)

Anna Muylaert | Brazil | 2015 | 112 min | Portuguese | e.s.

For years and with great dedication, Val has been caring for the household of rich couple Carlos and Barbara. She’s like a second mother to their son Fabinho. But when Val’s daughter Jessica turns up, the fragile equilibrium at the luxury villa starts to crumble. Bittersweet, airy drama that has won many audience awards.

Generations, classes, men and women, rich and poor – almost everything clashes in Que horas ela volta?/The Second Mother, the award-winning feel-good drama by Brazilian Anna Muylaert. The place where these worlds collide is Carlos, Barbara and their son Fabinho’s modern villa. Since Fabinho was small, housekeeper Val has been like a second mother to him. As a result, she rarely saw her own daughter. Val rescues, cooks, cares and mothers the entire family to everyone’s satisfaction. When Val’s daughter Jessica suddenly turns up and wants to study at a prestigious university, she unintentionally brings the hidden social divides at the house to light. With an eye for detail, Muylaert compassionately and humorously typifies a small slice of society and an era in which the ruling classes will have to make room for a new, less servile generation. Opening Film Curaçao IFFR 2016.

Place: CINEMA 2

Date: 6 April 2016

Time: 20:00

Duration: 2:00

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 15:15

Duration: 2:00

Year in



Anna Muylaert


Bárbara Alvarez


Regina Casé
Helena Albergaria
Michel Joelsas
Camila Márdila
Karine Teles
Lourenço Mutarelli
Bete Dorgam




Karen Harley




112 min


Vitor Araújo
Fabio Trummer


Caio Gullane
Fabiano Gullane
Debora Ivanov
Anna Muylaert

Production Company

Gullane Filmes
Globo Filmes
África Filmes

Production Design

Marcos Pedroso


The Match Factory GmbH


Anna Muylaert

Sound Design

Gabriela Cunha

Year of Production



Anna MUYLAERT (1964, Brazil) is a filmmaker and scriptwriter. After dropping out of São Paolo university’s film school, she worked as a film critic and TV reporter. She then concentrated on making films. Her international breakthrough as a filmmaker was Que horas ela volta?/The Second Mother, her fourth feature. The film won awards at many festivals, including Berlin and Sundance.



(selection) A origem dos bebês segundo Kiki Cavalcanti (1995, short), Durval Discos/Durval Records (2002), É proibido fumar (2009), Chamada a cobrar (2012), Que horas ela volta?/The Second Mother (2015)