The Second Mother ★★★★½

‘God writes straight with crooked lines.’

This was a pleasant surprise. The screenplay is a finely woven tapestry of characters, motivations, and ideals. It is backed up by uniformly skilled performances and sumptuously filmed by Barbara Alvarez. Anna Muylaert has an excellent command of symbolism and imagery, and her themes are tightly incorporated and relentlessly complex. Nothing but praise for this one, to be honest.

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