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Alice (2019)

She did everything right, until it all went wrong.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilie Piponnier ... Alice Ferrand
Martin Swabey Martin Swabey ... François Ferrand
Chloé Boreham ... Lisa
Jules Milo Levy Mackerras Jules Milo Levy Mackerras ... Jules Ferrand
Ariana Rodriguez Giraldo Ariana Rodriguez Giraldo ... Ariana
Juliette Tresanini Juliette Tresanini ... Carole
Christophe Favre Christophe Favre ... M. Gaubert
Philippe de Monts ... 1st Client
David Coburn ... 2nd Client (Lawyer)
Robert Burns Robert Burns ... 3rd Client
Marie-Laure Dougnac ... Véra
Marie Coulonjou Marie Coulonjou ... Jessica
Rébecca Finet Rébecca Finet ... Multilingual Escort Agent
Claire Morin Claire Morin ... Estate Agent
Nicolas Buchoux Nicolas Buchoux ... Bailiff
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When her husband steals her money and abandons her and her son, Alice finds herself broke, desperate, and on the verge of losing her house. With time running out, she realizes that the only way to make good money fast is to become a prostitute. Written by eyesmalloy

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If it's not a masterpiece of indie movie making it is bloody close to being one
10 August 2019 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Alice is living a simple and happy life with her loving husband and a little son until her world turns upside down. Her husband disappears with all her money and as she is behind on mortgage repayments she is about to be evicted from her apartment. In order to save her home she needs to pay an exorbitant amount of money every two weeks. There's only one way she can make that much money and that is to become a high class hooker.

In the beginning of the movie session the director Josephine Mackerras expressed her concern that the movie may not live up to everyone's expectations. "This is a very small movie!" she said. It seems pretty big to me.

In fact this is probably the most focused and beautiful writing I have experienced in film in years. The script here is everything, simple but multilayered, with relatable slightly damaged characters we can identify with, with just enough tension to be thrilling and not going over the top, hitting all the right spots of dramatic, humorous and even slightly scary along the way.

Mackerras managed to squeeze many ideas into the film, yes it's about feminism but it's also about family, growing up, forgiveness and life choices. And like all movies made in Paris it's a little bit about Paris.

Emilie Piponnier is an inspired casting choice for loyal and stoic Alice, a loving wife who always has her husband's back but who doesn't flinch when hard choices are to be made. Piponnier has the ability to transform from girl next door pretty to stunningly beautiful, the same way she moves from fragility to strength delivering a complex character that carries the story forward.

ALICE is a thoroughly engaging movie with a satisfying finale that makes the audience cheer. If it's not a masterpiece of indie movie making it is bloody close to being one.


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