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April 27 @ 14:30 - 17:00

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Films in London today: THE SECOND MOTHER, part of LIVES UNWRITTEN at The Geffrye Museum (27 APR).

Lives Unwritten: Women & Domestic Work on Film – THE SECOND MOTHER d. Anna Muylaert, 2015 + PANEL at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (27 APR 14:30):

Val (Regina Casé in an award-winning role) works as a live-in housemaid for an affluent family in São Paulo. She has happily cooked, cleaned and served them for so long they supposedly consider her one of their own. Yet, as part of the job, she must respect the many unspoken rules which keep her outside the family unit. Although Val may be wonderfully empathetic and caring, and the true maternal figure for the family’s son, she left behind her own daughter to take on the role. After years without contact, Jéssica (Camila Márdila) asks to stay with her mum whilst applying to university. Suddenly, the home’s implicitly understood loyalties and social boundaries are thrown into disarray. Val’s position no longer seems secure.

Exploring what it means to be a mother, Anna Muylaert’s outstanding comedy-drama is an astute and moving portrayal of the cyclical nature of life for many working women.

All tickets include a drink.

This screening is part of our season, Lives Unwritten: Women and Domestic Work on Film. Check out the other films we’re showing in March and April.


Dr Akshi Singh is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of History, at Queen Mary, University of London. She writes about psychoanalysis, colonial history, and modernist literature and is currently working on a book about the diarist, artist, and psychoanalyst Marion Milner. She lives in Hackney and is a frequent visitor to the Geffrye Museum.

Dr Mar Diestro-Dópido is a film critic based in London. She is a researcher and regular contributor to Sight & Sound as well as an experienced arts and media translator. She currently holds the post of BFI Sight & Sound Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her book publications include a BFI Modern Classic on Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and a forthcoming book on film festivals.

Also in the series: LIVES UNWRITTEN:

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