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Alice's House

  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Brazilian documentary filmmaker Chico Teixeira brings a refreshingly natural touch to ALICE'S HOUSE, a working class drama about personal and family betrayal. Forty-ish manicurist Alice (Carla Ribas) works long hours at the beauty parlor, only to return to a cramped Sao Paulo apartment she inhabits with her brutish husband Lindomar (Zecarlos Machado), three disrespectful sons, and her ailing mother. Struggling daily against such densely packed machismo, Alice is blind to the secrets simmering beneath her family's mundane existence. This includes her eldest son turning tricks with older men and her husband's affairs with teenage girls. Alice is soon drawn into her own web of infidelity by the reappearance of an old high school flame. As truths finally boil to the surface Alice must choose between a painful new reality and her desperate romantic hopes. Unlike the urban violence of recent Brazilian successes (CITY OF GOD, BUS 174), ALICE'S HOUSE is a quietly moving, warts-and-all observation of love, sex, and deception. Director Teixeira employs an intimate, true-to-life style that puts the film's focus squarely on the mercurial emotions and loyalties of its characters. Lauded throughout Latin America, ALICE'S HOUSE reveals how pride isolates a family from itself, and that only truth can lead you back on the road to healing.
  • Credits
    Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel, Zcarlos Machado, Luciano Quirino, Felipe Massuia, Vinicius Zinn, Ricardo Vilaa
  • Critic Reviews
    "Mr. Teixeira began his career making documentaries, and it shows in the way he insinuates his camera into the minutiae of daily life....Simultaneously delicate and earthy..."
    New York Times

    "[A] powerful, lapidary little movie....Ribas creates an astonishingly intimate portrait of an ordinary woman whose equally ordinary life contains all the elements of tragedy."
    Los Angeles Times

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