Alice's House (A Casa de Alice)
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Alice's House (A Casa de Alice)
Set in a working-class Sao Paulo household that gets turned upside down by everyday dramas of sexual and emotional betrayal. The story revolves around fortysomething Alice who works as a manicurist in a beauty salon, and lives in a neighborhood in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, sharing an apartment with her mother, Dona Jacira, her husband, Lindomar, a taxi-driver, and their three sons, Lucas, Edinho, and Junior.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"First-time director Chico Teixeira, an accomplished maker of documentaries in Brazil, brings a similar nonfiction feel to this melodramatic milieu, which is kick-started when Alice contemplates having an affair of her own with a former sweetheart."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Like a Brazilian telenovela unfolding in real time, the film fans its cards out slowly until we can see for ourselves the deck is stacked."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Contemporary life in Brazil as seen through the eyes of one working class family."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Alice's House is character driven, and the performances are key."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"[The] restrained, elliptical style, focused on details rather than confrontations, and the nuanced performances make this house a home."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Nothing much happens in Alice's House, and a turning point in the plot is terribly contrived, but as sociology and maybe even a pilot for a soap serial, the movie is worth a look."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Although the characters are steeped in the culture of telenovelas and voodoo superstition, Alice's House is a subtly flavorful slice of life rather than a steamy potboiler."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Filmmaker Teixeira, a veteran documentarian, keeps Alice's world on a short, ultra-realistic leash."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"mia ap' aytes tis tainies poy den se noiazei an emfanistei enas pistolas apo to dipla gyrisma na toys gazosei oloys, arkei na teleiosei. Kai telika, kapos etsi ginetai."
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Teixeira brings his camera into her home and quietly records the details of her daily life. The result is a carefully observed film about one woman's growing dissatisfaction."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Even though it sounds awfully depressing, there's something moving about watching people go at their lives with everything they have -- or don't have."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The capable cast, director's documentarian past and ambient soundtrack heighten the film's real-life sensibility, perfectly capturing the working-class life of a São Paulo family."
‑ Monika Fabian, Time Out New York
"Builds a quiet portrait of a family step-by-step imploding. Such a sympathetic depiction of working-class families are rarely seen on screen from any country."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Very well-acted, especially by (Carla) Ribas, this is a tense drama of friendship, family and deceit that explores a wide spectrum of raw emotions."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"[Director Chico] Texeira's ordinary characters have a quiet genuineness and clarity that is rare anywhere in movies these days."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
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