A casa de Alice


A working-class district in São Paulo is home to fortysomething manicurist Alice who has been married to her husband, Lindomar, for more than twenty years. Lindomar's mother, Dona Jacira, lives with the couple and virtually runs the household. She cooks, cleans and does the washing. While she works, she listens to her favourite show, 'grandma's programme' on the radio. Alice and Lindomar have three children who also live with them: Lucas is the 'reactionary' member of the family. He is currently doing national service in the army. Seventeen-year-old Edinho is a bright boy who always seems to have money in his pocket. The fragile-looking Junior, 15, is Mama's pet. Alice and Lindomar's marriage hits a crisis when the ageing head of the family develops a conspicuous passion for young girls. What's more, he doesn't even attempt to cover up his dalliances with young teenagers. None of her three sons seem particularly interested in Alice's worries; moreover, they treat their grandmother with a distinct lack of respect. Surrounded by an exclusively female clientele, Alice's professional world is in glaring contrast with her private life, which is dominated by an enduring machismo. But then one day the opportunity for an adulterous encounter presents itself to Alice, causing other indiscretions to come to light ... 


  • Runtime

    90 min
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  • Director

    Chico Teixeira
  • Cast

    Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel, Zécarlos Machado, Vinicius Zinn, Ricardo Vilaça, Felipe Massuia, Renata Zhaneta, Luciano Quirino, Mariana Leighton, Dirce Couto, Jorge Cerruti, Cícero Augusto, Elias Andreato, Claudio Jaborandy, Talita Craveiro
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  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

Biography Chico Teixeira

Born in Rio de Janeiro on 17.3.1958. Since the 1980s he has made several documentaries focussing on social themes. A CASA DE ALICE marks his debut as a feature film director.

Filmography Chico Teixeira

1989 Favelas | 1991 Velhice | 1995 Criaturas Que Nasciam Em Segredo | 2000 Carrego Comigo