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Alice's House (A Casa de Alice)

4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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When Alice, a Sao Paulo manicurist, wife and mother has a chance meeting with an old flame, she is forced to re-examine her life and address her romantic dreams. Feeling her youth and sexuality slipping away, Alice flirts with a rapturous affair to escape her repressive family life and avoid the fate of her aging mother, who drags out her remaining years as the housemaid. Award-winning documentarian Carlos Teixeira silently immerses his camera in Alices household, recording day-to-day minutia and scorching passion with equal weight and no judgement. The result is a world all too real, overflowing the boundaries of its Brazilian setting and revealing the dreams and flaws which define our shared humanity.


One of the year's 10 best! ---indieWIRE

Teixeira creates a warmly detailed world of feelings...illuminated by a glowing Carla Ribas in the title role. ---Variety

Delicate and earthy. Critic's Pick! ---The New York Times

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  • Actors: Carla Ribas, Vinicius Zinn, Ricardo Vilaca, Felipe Massuia, Berta Zemel
  • Directors: Chico Teixeira
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IndiePix
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024LQRAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Alice's House" is a crowded high-rise apartment building in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alice (Carla Ribas) is a middle-aged manicurist who shares an apartment with her cabdriver husband, three grown sons, and elderly mother. The husband is having an affair with a teenage neighbor, one son is a gay hustler and another is a petty thief. Both Alice and husband appear to be in denial as they lie about their home life and finances to other people. Only grandma (Berta Zemel) sees everything as it actually is and, ironically, she is going blind. Alice sees new possibilities for herself when a one-time lover comes into the beauty parlor for a manicure. Like Alice, he is married -- to Alice's best customer -- but he's sexy, wealthy, and far more attentive to her than her husband.
Director Chico Teixeira has crafted a drama of family, friendship, betrayal, and frustration. Ms. Ribas is particularly effective, and we feel both the physical and emotional claustrophobia of her situation. The film in Portuguese with English subtitles. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and interviews with Chico Teixeira and Carla Ribas.
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Ah, what a sad little morality tale. Well, not a morality exactly - an extended following-through of the troubles we can get into when our dissatisfactions combine with our unfulfilled desires. Yet who can really blame Alice for being attracted to the husband of the woman who is her client at the beauty parlor? They knew each other long ago, as youngsters, so at first it's just a "Hey - remember when..." But the sparks fly, or perhaps old embers flare up...and Alice's husband is insensitive and absent long hours driving his taxi - and there's another thing that comes to light... Meanwhile Alice is dealing with her three unruly sons, the thuggish Lucas and the pretty youngest one he keeps under his wing: the middle son is left out but the favorite of Alice's elderly mother who is treated like a housekeeping machine by all the others, liable to have her purse raided (by the favorite grandson), and forever working, preparing meals, washing clothes, resisting efforts to put her in a retirement home even though her eyesight is failing. (there's not too much wrong with her perception of what's going on, however). Let's just say it doesn't end well...
Intensely human and speaks to all of us who have ever felt the stir of temptation...
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this movie was a raw and gripping story of Alice and the day to day drama in her life. it is simple, real and all the actors give great performance, this is a great drama movie i love it. the ending is a little bad for me though since it leaves you wondering!
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