Movies With Spirit will screen ‘The Sec­ond Mother’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The com­pelling com­edy-drama “The Sec­ond Mother,” a thought-pro­vok­ing story about 21st cen­tury servi­tude, will be screened as part of the Movies With Spirit monthly com­mu­nity film se­ries on Satur­day, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church, 207 Albany Ave.

In the film, Val (played Regina Casé) takes a house­maid job work­ing for a wealthy fam­ily in São Paulo, Brazil, 1,500 miles away from her north­ern Brazil home, to pro­vide a bet­ter life for her daugh­ter.

Val cooks, cleans, irons, shops for gro­ceries, and pre­pares and serves meals for im­pe­ri­ous, os­ten­si­bly lib­eral­minded Dona Bar­bara (Karine Te­les) and failed artist for­tune in­her­i­tor Don Car­los (Lourenço Mutarelli). She has also cared for Bar­bara and Car­los’s teenage son, Fabinho (Michel Joel­sas), since he was a young boy. Al­though Bar­bara is Fabinho’s bi­o­log­i­cal mother, it’s Val who is the true ma­ter­nal fig­ure in his life.

By con­trast, Val’s own daugh­ter, Jés­sica (Camila Márdila) — who re­mains in north­ern Brazil, cared for by rel­a­tives — har­bors anger to­ward her mother, who she hasn’t seen in a decade. When Jés­sica nears college age, she asks her mother if she can stay with her while she pre­pares for the Univer­sity of São Paulo en­trance exam. Val asks Bar­bara and Car­los, who give per­mis­sion.

But the dis­con­nect be­tween na­ture and nur­ture, and the fault lines of class and so­cial or­der, come into sharp relief when Jés­sica ar­rives.

Un­like Val, Jés­sica, a smart, con­fi­dent 19-year-old around Fabinho’s age, has no re­gard for the op­u­lent home’s un­spo­ken house rules. While not rude, she treats Car­los as a so­cial peer, in­dulges in Fabinho’s fa­vorite ice cream and even takes a dip in the fam­ily’s pri­vate pool — a ma­jor af­front to Val’s sense of pro­pri­ety and to Bar­bara’s in­creas­ing dis­ap­proval. Jés­sica also ex­poses to Val the myriad ways she is marginal­ized with­out even rec­og­niz­ing it.

At the same time, Car­los takes a lik­ing to Jés­sica.

The 2015 film is rated R and runs 110 min­utes. The Kingston screen­ing will be fol­lowed by a fa­cil­i­tated dis­cus­sion. Re­fresh­ments will be served. At­ten­dees over age 12 are asked to con­trib­ute $5 a per­son.

The Movies With Spirit se­ries, or­ga­nized by Gerry Har­ring­ton of Kingston, seeks to stim­u­late peo­ple’s sense of joy and won­der, in­spire love and com­pas­sion, evoke a deep­ened un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple’s in­te­gral con­nec­tion with others and with life it­self, and sup­port in­di­vid­ual cul­tures, faith paths and be­liefs while si­mul­ta­ne­ously tran­scend­ing them. The films are screened in di­verse houses of wor­ship and rev­er­ence across Ul­ster and Dutchess coun­ties at 7 p.m. on the third Satur­day ev­ery month. The se­ries has no re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Har­ring­ton at (845) 389-9201 or send an email to ger­ry­har­ring­ton@mind­spring.com. De­tails are also avail­able at movieswith­spirit.com and face­book.com/MoviesWith­Spirit.

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