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A Casa de Alice
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Release Date:
15 November 2007 (Brazil) See more »
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In every house you never know what secrets lie behind the front door
Plot:
Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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14 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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[DVD Review] Alice's House
 (From JustPressPlay. 21 June 2009, 10:00 PM, PDT)

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A Slice of Life that Gets Stale Quickly See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Carla Ribas ... Alice
Berta Zemel ... Dona Jacira
Vinicius Zinn ... Lucas
Ricardo Vilaça ... Edinho
Felipe Massuia ... Junior
Zécarlos Machado ... Lindomar (as Zé Carlos Machado)
Renata Zhaneta ... Carmen
Luciano Quirino ... Nilson
Mariana Leighton ... Thais
Dirce Couto ... Neide
Jorge Cerruti ... Toninho
Talita Craveiro ... Vanessinha
Elias Andreato ... Seu Gabriel
Claudio Jaborandy ... Evanildo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cícero Augusto ... Carlinhos Abranches
Thiago de Mello ... Dr. Olavo - the optometrist
Monicah Duarte ... Hairdresser
Francisco Gaspar ... Hairdresser
Roberto Leite ... Taxi passenger
Marcos Pedroso ... Client in car
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Directed by
Chico Teixeira 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Chico Teixeira 

Produced by
Zita Carvalhosa .... producer
Patrick Leblanc .... producer
Carla Ribas .... associate producer
Chico Teixeira .... associate producer
Berta Zemel .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Mauro Pinheiro Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Vânia Debs 
 
Production Design by
Lili Bandeira 
 
Art Direction by
Marcos Pedroso 
 
Costume Design by
André Simonetti 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amilcar M. Claro .... assistant director
Amilcar Monteiro Claro .... assistant director
Leticia Prisco .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
João Ricardo .... property master
 
Sound Department
Tiago Bello .... foley editor
Ana Chiarini .... dialogue editor
Ana Chiarini .... sound editor
Sergio Guidoux Kalil .... foley mixer
Felipe Burger Marques .... foley artist
José Luiz Sasso .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alvaro Brito .... gaffer
Janice Davila .... first assistant camera
Mauro Pinheiro Jr. .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Thiago Moraes .... casting assistant (as Thiago Bastos)
 
Editorial Department
Alex Ferreira Barreiro .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Paula Knudsen .... assistant to the executive producer
Fátima Toledo .... acting coach
François Vila .... press agent
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Casa de Alice" - Brazil (original title)
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Brazil:92 min
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The film was shot entirely on location in São Paulo, Brazil, using a real apartment and a real beauty salon.See more »

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Slice of Life that Gets Stale Quickly, 17 April 2010
Author: rddj05 from United States

This film is actually well-done for the "slice-of-life" style the director seemed to be pursuing. And if you are into hopeless, mundane, and somewhat plot less films with all the classic art-house, kitchen-sink reality clichés (watching people go to the bathroom, clipping their toenails, and washing laundry), than this film may be for you. Now, the proponents of this film will exclaim, "But it was so REAL!" Well true, but then again, so is your morning shower, you're commute to work, or watching your neighbor eat his dinner or mow his lawn. But that doesn't make it particularly interesting to sit through for 90 minutes.

The director is a documentary filmmaker, and certainly does a wonderful job of taking you into the protagonist's world. But, whether it's a world most people would want to spend much time in, is the real question Here, he basically makes a scripted documentary, with professional actors (who, to his credit, are first-rate). However, I can't possibly think of a less interesting subject matter than what he chose to explore here. The script meanders, with no real purpose. Now, it's fine if a filmmaker wants to simply follow characters around, and see what they do (as is done here), but he/she had better make sure those characters are interesting enough to hold our attention. The main problem is that there really is no script to speak of. Potential plot lines are introduced, but then never explored (I'm not quite sure why the sons are in the film at all except to show the additional misery in the protagonist's life), various shots have no real information in them, aside from, "this is what happens in the typical day of a middle-aged woman and her family", and scenes are kept running long after the audience has grasped what little there was to take from them.

It is important for a filmmaker to think, "why am I making this film? What do I want people to take from this?" Personally, what I walked away with was a sense that working-class Brazilian life is full of struggle and sadness (as is often the case with working-class American life), middle-aged people have extramarital affairs when the flame begins to flicker out of their partnerships, and that the elderly are often taken for granted and treated as indentured servants by their own family. Unfortunately, these are all things I knew already. And I'm not sure if there was much else to take from this film.

People talk about how snobby critics are, but after reading the gushing reviews for this film, I'm beginning to think the bar is getting dangerously low. Now, there have always been plot less films (that is practically the raison d'etre of French Cinema), but from Godard to Cassavetes to Antonione to Fassbinder and Bergman, these directors gave their audiences engaging characters to watch, and beautiful photography to marvel at on screen, and something to think about in the days after one left the theater. And I'm afraid that with more films like this receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, we are getting into a level of "reality" where people will not even need to go to the movies anymore. They can simply wake up, grab their video camera, film the everyday banalities of their day, and save themselves a trip to the theater.

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