Alice's House

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Released 2007

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Alice's House

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2007
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Alice's House is a 2008 independent film and the first narrative feature from documentarian Chico Teixeira. Alice (Carla Ribas) is a middle-aged woman living in a working-class home with family. Her mother, Dona Jacira (Berta Zemel), tends to the household chores while listening to the radio, aware that she is slowly going blind. Lindomar (Z'' Carlos Machado), Alice's husband of twenty years, has long since lost interest in his wife and satisfies his sexual urges through a series of affairs with younger women. Her sons-Lucas (Vinicius Zinn), Edinho (Ricardo Vila''a) and Junior (Felipe Massula)-fight to establish themselves as men and their low-income lifestyles. Alice works at a nail salon and struggles to keep her home together, all the while flirting with the possibility of a rekindled romance with her ex-boyfriend, Nilson (Luciano Quirino). Teixeira's film unflinchingly portrays the lives of Alice's family through the hardest of times as they fight to understand themselves and each other.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Chico Teixeira's languid, libidinous Alice's House is the best argument against marriage and motherhood to appear in many a year.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What Teixeira has set out to do, and accomplished brilliantly, is to find drama and pathos in the mundane details, thoughtless betrayals and casual cruelties. What lingers after wa...

  • 50

    Variety Deborah Young

    If telenovelas were convincingly real, they would no doubt look like the tumultuous world of domestic strife and libido deftly limned in Alice's House. Documaker Chico Teixeira giv...

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