Brazil, 2019, 94 min, Dir. Sandra Kogut, Not Rated, Portuguese with English subtitles, Distrib Films
"Cleverly written and staged. Marks another occasion for Brazilian actress Regina Casé to shine in the role of a housekeeper trying to overcome stiff social barriers and find her own slice of happiness." —Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
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Showcasing the rare talents of Brazilian acting legend Regina Casé — star of The Second Mother — the latest feature from director Sandra Kogut is a brilliant comedy about gross class disparity and the infinite resourcefulness of those who can never take anything for granted. Casé plays Madá, the fifty-something caretaker for a cluster of luxury beachside condos owned by a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family. Unfolding over the course of three consecutive summers — 2015 to 2017 — the film follows Madá as she invests in a roadside snack kiosk while tending to the every need of her condescending employers, becomes a bystander in a major money-laundering scandal, and eventually launches a whole new career. With every dizzying new turn of events, Madá manages to retain her high spirits, her sense of loyalty to those who deserve it — and her eagle eye for opportunity.
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