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Alice's House (A Casa de Alice) Reviews

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Monika Fabian
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

June 22, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 8/10

December 23, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Alice's House is character driven, and the performances are key.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 10, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

[The] restrained, elliptical style, focused on details rather than confrontations, and the nuanced performances make this house a home.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

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.

March 5, 2008
David D'Arcy
Screen International

[Director Chico] Texeira's ordinary characters have a quiet genuineness and clarity that is rare anywhere in movies these days.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 25, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B

February 25, 2008
Monika Fabian
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 25, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In her first leading role, Carla Ribas joins the fast-growing ranks of middle-aged Latina actresses whose performances resonate with a beguiling mixture of emotional complexity and sexual maturity.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

February 22, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

Ribas has justifiably won a shelf of awards for her portrayal.

February 7, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

The juiciest bits happen off camera, yet their consequences are riveting, thanks in no small measure to sympathetic performances by Carla Ribas and Berta Zemel.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

February 6, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The gritty location shooting, the absence of a soundtrack and the casting of non-professionals in key roles help capture an all-important sense of place with almost documentary precision.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
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