The Gilded Cage DVD Review

Film Review by Sean O’Flaherty
The Gilded Cage

The Premise
An upstairs-downstairs Parisian comedy about an immigrant couple - José, a builder, and Maria, a maid - who inherit a property back in Portugal, which provides them the chance to return to the homeland they left 30 years ago. But the pair are so well-loved by the community (and indispensable to their bosses) that family, neighbours, friends and employers are soon outdoing each other to find ways to prevent Maria and José from leaving.
The Review
Another great French comedy.

This movie travels through many themes that we all negotiate in modern life; class status, inter-cultural relationships, family, friends, self worth and the list goes on.  All of this is explored in a microcosm of a family in Paris.  

The power struggles involved for this family, both internally and with its close acquaintances are a perfect playground for the director to explore these themes with a light-heartedness that is often missing from modern cinema.

There are a number of touching heartfelt moments of relationship anguish and family drama however these are comfortably off set by the laugh out loud moments.  

The acting is superb and this reflection of the struggles we all face somehow made me want to go out and do better.

The Verdict
I loved this movie and think it is a great one for a night out with friends or a loved one. Not one for the kids but certainly a winner for a family with adult offspring.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: July 2014
Rating: PG - Contains low level offensive language
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, Barbara Cabrita, Lannick Gautry
Director: Ruben Alves (Debut Feature Film)
RRP: DVD $29.99
The Extras
Gilded Cage is a French/Portuguese film.