Writer/director Ruben Alves’ enormously charming, upstairs/downstairs Parisian comedy is the story of a hardworking couple whose dream of returning to their homeland is secretly undermined by their friends and family.

La cage dorée
Director: Ruben Alves
Cast: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: France/Portugal

CTCLow level offensive language

The Gilded Cage

★★★★★
“A harmonious mixture of laughs and emotion. This is a golden comedy which you will not forget.”
Pierre Vavasseur, LE PARISIEN

★★★★
“Keenly observed and precisely constructed – culture clash was never so funny. The Gilded Cage offers comedy with some meat on its bones.”
Peter Calder, THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD

THE FEEL-GREAT SMASH HIT OF THE 2013 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS!

Writer/director Ruben Alves’ enormously charming, semi-autobiographical Parisian comedy is the story of a loving, hardworking married couple whose long-held dream of returning to their homeland finally comes true – only to be secretly undermined by their overly dependent friends and neighbours.

Maria (Rita Blanco) and José (Joaquim de Almeida) emigrated from Portugal 30 years ago. Ever since, they have lived in the modest ground floor lodgings of a chic apartment building in Paris, raising their now adult daughter and teenage son, and becoming utterly indispensible to all around them.

When José learns he has inherited the family winery and the couple’s dream of returning to Portugal is now possible, they are elated – but struggle with how to tell those around them. However, word of the big news spreads anyway, and soon their family, neighbours, friends and employers are scrambling behind the scenes to find ways to prevent them from leaving…

Richly informed by his own upbringing as the son of Portuguese immigrants in Paris, Alves’ warm-hearted, cross-cultural comedy features a terrific ensemble cast, spot-on comic timing and a thoroughly appealing central couple, whose dilemmas are portrayed with great tenderness and affection.

Enthusiastically embraced by audiences upon release in April this year, THE GILDED CAGE became the sleeper box office hit of the French spring, achieving over 1.2 million admissions in less than five weeks.

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Ruben Alves discusses THE GILDED CAGE with The New Zealand Herald’s Dominic Corry, “A Piece of Portugal in Paris”.

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