Portugal, France


In an upscale Paris neighbourhood, Maria and José Ribeiro have lived for nearly 30 years in the cosy little concierge apartment on the ground floor of a handsome 19th century building. This Portuguese émigré couple are universally liked: Maria is a diligent housekeeper, and José is a skilled handyman. Over the years, they’ve become an indispensable part of the daily lives of those around them. They are so highly appreciated and well integrated, that when they have a chance to fulfil their dream to return to Portugal and live a comfortable life, nobody wants to see the Ribeiros leave. Just how far will their family, their neighbours and their employers go to hold them back? And deep down, do Maria and José really want to quit France and flee their gilded cage?

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ruben Alves

Written by: Ruben Alves, Jean-André Yerlès, Hugo Gélin

Produced by: Hugo Gélin, Laëtitia Galitzine, Danièle Delorme

Cinematography: André Szankowski, André Szankowski

Cast: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, Barbara Cabrita, Lannick Gautry

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2013