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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 »
- Ronnie Scheib
Paris – Bowing Jan.10 at the august Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand, abutting the Place de l’Opera, the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will be one of the biggest market-junkets ever for a national cinema.
Only France, which with the U.K. hosts one of Europe’s two biggest industries, could organize an event of this magnitude or allure.
110 French movies will screen, a Rendez-vous record, at three Gaumont cinema-theaters just across the Square,
Distributors will attend from 50 countries, principally from Europe, but also for the first time officially from Latin America as well.
In hallowed tradition, UniFrance uses its Rendez-vous to announce and analyze in admirable detail the previous year theatrical box office numbers for French films abroad. 2013’s total trawl looks set to be way down on 2012, an all time high when three juggernauts - “Taken 2” (Euros 265.8 million: $354.8 million), “The Intouchables” ($268.9 million) and “The Artist »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
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