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Alice's House Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2011
Contemporary life in Brazil as seen through the eyes of one working class family.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 28, 2011
Filmmaker Teixeira, a veteran documentarian, keeps Alice's world on a short, ultra-realistic leash.
December 23, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8/10
July 18, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
Alice's House is character driven, and the performances are key.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 10, 2008
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.
April 7, 2008
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 2, 2008
[The] restrained, elliptical style, focused on details rather than confrontations, and the nuanced performances make this house a home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2008
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.
February 25, 2008
[Director Chico] Texeira's ordinary characters have a quiet genuineness and clarity that is rare anywhere in movies these days.
February 25, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 25, 2008
Documentarian Chico Teixeira's first narrative film is casual but busy, and though it seems somewhat longer than its 90-minute running time, the quiet characterizations soon get their hooks into you.
February 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
February 22, 2008
In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2008
Ribas has justifiably won a shelf of awards for her portrayal.
February 6, 2008
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.
January 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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