Alice, a buoyant and impertinent red-hair teenager is far from the charming little girl her mother adopted as she was unable to have a child of her own. Being an endless source of problems and affected by the specter of her mother's disappointments, Alice acts with her back against the wall, forging lies and blurring lines between the fiction she designs for herself and the reality of her existence. Until her mother discovers she is pregnant.Written by
A painful symbiosis between a mother and her daughter
In bulk, Alice T. is ungrateful, insolent, rebellious, lying, idle, carefree, selfish, manipulative, ... Like a basic teen certainly but power 10, like a teen boosted to the extreme. Thus, Alice T. might be reduced as an ultra-effective contraceptive pill. Indeed, seeing the eponymous movie will cut you off any desire for fatherhood. For the next ten years... at least! The two main protagonists are female, a mother and her adopted daughter, and the few men are symbolically reduced to the status of anecdotal appearances. On my humble opinion, this female-centric storyline highlights an unconditional mother's love, without any male help (the mother dimension being stronger than the female one, as evidenced by a castrating post-tickle scene, for exemple), and the ineluctable consequences like the ability of a narcissistic teen to terrorize its own parent. As depressing as it may seem, this Romanian movie is quite well done, even if the director strives to concomitantly treat too many subjects: sterility and adoption, divorce, early pregnancy, adolescence, father absence, ...
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