Film Review: ‘The Gilded Cage’

Exploitation along class and ethnic lines is played for laughs in Ruben Alves’ debut feature, “The Gilded Cage,” with just enough solidarity beneath the humor to give this feel-good pic a certain piquancy. Alves explores the intriguing question of what constitutes home for a family of Portuguese immigrant workers who have long acclimated to French culture, while also delivering a salutary kick in the pants to the uptight haute bourgeoisie a la Philippe Le Guay’s “The Women on the 6th Floor,” with much of that film’s energetic thesping but little of its cinematic elan. A box office bonanza in France and Portugal, this bubbling crowdpleaser could score globally.

Their innate kindness, fierce dedication to their work and inability to say no have allowed a Portuguese couple to smoothly run a swanky Parisian apartment building for many years. Quiet, indomitable Maria Ribeiro (Rita Blanco, a mainstay of numerous Portuguese
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Voting Now Open for the Efa People's Choice Award 2013

The European Film Academy will hold the 26th European Film Awards in Berlin on December 7th, 2013. To make fans part of the celebration every year the audience gets to choose the winner of the Efa People's Choice Award. This  year one lucky fan will also have the chance to attend the awards ceremony and be part of a fantastic event that brings together Europe's greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses.

Audiences in the past have  awarded the honor to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's beloved Amelie, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, and incredibly 3 times to Spanish master Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver).

To vote and for a chance to win a trip to the 26th European Film Awards click Here

The Nominees Are:

Anna Karenina

UK, 124 min

Directed By: Joe Wright 

Written By: Tom Stoppard 

With: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta)

Italy, 130 min

Written & Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore 

With: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium, 100 min

Directed by: Felix van Groeningen 

Written by: Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen 

With: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert van Rampelberg, Nils de Caster

The Deep (Djúpið)

Iceland/Norway, 92 min

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur 

Written by: Jón Atli Jónasson & Baltasar Kormákur 

With: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Björn Thors, Thorbjorg H. Thorgilsdótir

The Gilded Cage (La Cage Dorée)

Portugal/France, 90 min

Directed by: Ruben Alves 

Written by: Ruben Alves, Jean-André Yerlès, Hugo Gélin

With: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, Barbara Cabrita, Lannick Gautry

I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Spain, 90 min

Written & Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

With: Javier Cámara, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth

The Impossible (Lo Imposible)

Spain, 114 min

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Written by: Sergio G. Sánchez & María Belón

With: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast


Norway, Denmark, UK, Germany, Sweden, 113 min 

Directed by: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg

Written by: Petter Skavlan

With: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Bassmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgaard, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen

Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør)

Denmark, 111 min 

Directed By: Susanne Bier

Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen & Susanne Bier

With: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia

Oh Boy

Germany, 83 min

Written & Directed by: Jan Ole Gerster 

With: Tom Schilling, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter, Michael Gwisdek

Searching for Sugar Man

UK/Sweden, 83 min

Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
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Nicholas Bell’s Top Ten Unreleased Films of 2012: Picks 10 to 6 includes Sigarev’s Living & Jude’s Everybody In Our Family

#10. Living – Dir. Vasili Sigarev (Russia)

Premiering at the 2012 Rotterdam Film Festival, this sophomore effort from Vasili Sigarev is, of course, ironically titled, rather making itself one of those “glass half empty” pictures. It’s a certifiable downer, interweaving three separate stories of miserablism in modern day Russia, and at its best, is distressing to sit through. But I’ll be damned if I wouldn’t watch anything I could get my hands on from this director, creating some of the most memorable film sequences I happened to see this year.

#9. The Place Beyond the Pines – Dir. Derek Cianfrance (Us)

Premiering at the Toronto Film Fest 2012, Derek Cianfrance casts Ryan Gosling once more in his followup to Blue Valentine. Gosling, here a motorcycle stunt driver (sound familiar?) turns bank robber…and then the picture becomes something else completely.

#8. Everybody In Our Family – Dir. Radu Jude (Romania)

Add Radu Jude to the
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Amour Movie Review

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Title: Amour Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Grade: B. Director: Michael Haneke. Screenwriter: Michael Haneke Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, Ramon Agirre, Rita Blanco Screened at: Critics’ DVD, 11/30/12 Opens: December 19, 2012 “Would you like to live to 100?” asks 70-year-old Dan to his septuagenarian friend Paul. “Don’t ask me,” replies Paul. “Ask the guy who’s 99.” “Amour” poses the question at an earlier age, drawing up the experiences of a couple in their eighties, one of whom has expressed a desire to put an end to her suffering. In our youth-crazed culture, one in which young people generally [ Read More ]

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Blood of My Blood | AFI Fest 2012 Review

Bloodletting: Canijo’s Latest a Masterwork of Familial Upheaval

Portuguese director Joao Canijo returns with his eighth feature, Blood of My Blood, (his first fictional outing since 2007’s Misbegotten) a sprawling, all consuming portrait of one week in the life a matriarchal run familial unit in the slums outside Lisbon, and may indeed be his masterpiece. Inevitably, there’s no denying a comparison of technique with Altman and Mike Leigh (Canijo spent two years developing the characters with the actors via a series of workshops as Leigh does), but the film stands quite firmly as an often uncomfortable, unpleasant, and always fascinating family saga that would, in a fair world, finally open up the English speaking market to Canijo’s previous directorial efforts, which date back to the early 80s.

In Padre Cruz, a slum on the edge of Lisbon, the Fialho clan, whose workable, but makeshift daily existence is about to be severely shaken.
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Cannes 2011 Michael Haneke’s Love – Possible Premiere

We’re all ready for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and it looks that we’re not the only one. According to the latest reports, Michael Haneke‘s Love (Amour) may walk the Croisette this May. And when we say Love we actually mean These Two, because that was the previous title of Haneke’s latest project that has quite interesting casting team on board. Check out the rest of this report for more details.

In Love, Haneke is actually reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf), but the movie also star French icon Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as well as Portuguese actress Rita Blanco.

The story centers “on cultured octogenarians Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who are retired music teachers.

Their daughter (Huppert), also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne suffers a minor stroke. When she leaves the hospital and returns home,
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Film review: 'Anxiety'

You have to hand it to 89-year-old Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira.

Not only does he regularly make films when others have long retired, but his latest is an ambitious, tremendously satisfying experience. "Anxiety" (Inquietude) is visually superb, narratively complex and ultimately moving in ways few films even aspire to.

Alas, this supremely artistic effort -- a special screening selection at the Cannes film festival -- is not commercial enough to warrant more than a minor domestic U.S. release, but it's a sure-fire hit for the festival circuit.

A composite film with three distinct but interconnected sections, "Anxiety" opens with an exquisitely rendered tete-a-tete between a philosophically suicidal old man (Jose Pinto) and his aging son (Luis Miguel Cintra) that tricks one into expecting a rich but stagey meditation on the bodily and mental deterioration that afflicts even the most well-respected and successful of men when they enter their autumn years.

Indeed, about 35 minutes in, both protagonists have fallen to their deaths, and the curtain falls on what has been a 1930s stage production of Helder Prista Monteiro's "The Immortals", with two well-heeled gents in the audience. The story picks up with the middle-aged unnamed "him" (Diogo Doria) and his younger "friend" (David Cardoso) becoming involved with a pair of high-class courtesans, picking up a thread from the play that the love of women can make men of any age feel young.

Mildly jealous of the more substantial patrons they must contend with, the two men develop a theory about Suzy (Leonor Silveira) and Gabi (Rita Blanco). Skilled in lovemaking, but essentially exotic caged animals, the beautiful sophisticates have inherited the stoic legacy of Marcus Aurelius, taking pleasure in sacrifice.

In a melancholy, fatalistic confession, not-long-for-this-world Suzy reveals that "happiness is a small thing" when she has had everything else she's ever wanted in the way of fine living.

Late at night, the "friend" sets out to console "him" with a strange tale called "Mother of a River", based on a short story by Oliveira collaborator Agustina Bessa-Luis.

In this gorgeously composed finale, a socially constricted village girl (Leonor Baldaque) turns to the mystical 1,000-year-old Mother (Irene Papas) in a metaphorical suicide that results in the former being declared a witch and being chased off by a swarm of black-robed matrons. She turns away from the lover (Ricardo Trepa) who encouraged her trying to break with traditions and becomes the new "Deep Water", magically merging with nature to become a guardian of humanity.


Madrago Filmes, Gemini Films,

Wanda Films and Light Night

Screenwriter-director: Manoel de Oliveira

Producer: Paulo Branco

Director of photography: Renato Berta

Art direction-costumes: Isabel Branco

Editor: Valerie Loiseleux

Sound: Philippe Morel, Jean-Francois Auger


The Immortals

Father: Jose Pinto

Son: Luis Miguel Cintra

Marta: Isabel Ruth


Him: Diogo Doria

Friend: David Cardoso

Suzy: Leonor Silveira

Gabi: Rita Blanco

Mother of a River

Mother: Irene Papas

Fisalina: Leonor Baldaque

The Fiance: Ricardo Trepa

Running time -- 112 minutes

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