Alice's House
Alice's House (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chico Teixeira's steady hand and unblinking, sympathetic eye -- along with Carla Ribas' breathtaking performance -- make this portrait of working-class Brazilian life extraordinary.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Contemporary life in Brazil as seen through the eyes of one working class family.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Filmmaker Teixeira, a veteran documentarian, keeps Alice's world on a short, ultra-realistic leash.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Alice's House," Alice(Carla Ribas), the mother of three sons, lives in a cramped apartment that also includes her… More