Release Date : May 25, 2007 Wide Genre Movie :Drama
Mpaa Rating : Unrated
Actors :Galina Vishnevskaya,Vasily Shevtsov,Raisa Gichaeva,Evgeni Tkachuk,Andrei Bogdanov,Rustam Shakhgireyev,Alexei Nejmyshev,Alexander Aleshkin,Alexander Peredkov,Alexander Udaltsov,Maxim Fomin,Konstantin Gaiduk,Sergei Makarov,Valentin Kuznetsov,Vladimir Studenovsky,Alexander Kladko,Sergei Lobsev,Zulai Aidomirov,Aset Murtazalieva,Violetta Solodyagina
Though Russian director Alexander Sokurov's feature Alexandra unfolds against the backdrop of military life, it constitutes a stark and deliberate chamber drama in lieu of a war picture. Alexandra Nikolaevna (Galina Vishnevskaya) is an elderly woman with a grandson, Denis (Vasily Shevtsov), conscripted into the army of the Chechen Republic. When she makes the arduous journey to visit him, the startling nature of military life as it unfolds before her eyes -- the absence of women, the blind acceptance of amenities that so many take for granted, the emotional inexpressiveness -- completely bewilders her and introduces her to a world infinitely more alien than any she has ever experienced. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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New Review For Movie Aleksandra (Alexandra)At least one critic has called this Sokurov's most political film, but on its deepest level it considers not a particular war but the complex feelings between mothers and the young men they send out into the world to kill or be killed.
J. R. Jones-Chicago Reader
It's also quietly challenging, in its own way, not least in its portrait of old age, its trials, new freedoms and the privilege of changing one's mind before it becomes too late.
Wally Hammond-Time Out
Remarkable, how little Sokurov tells us, while telling us so much.
Roger Ebert-Chicago Sun-Times
The film is built on a massive incongruity: Watching this octogenarian drag her little bent-up wheeled luggage cart, amid rolling tanks and military transport trucks, you're looking at two eternal verities%u2014war, and civilians caught up in its wake%u20
Michael Phillips-Chicago Tribune
The sepia tones and the claustrophobic camerawork are instantly recognizable as Sokurov's work, and so is the emphasis on family intimacy.
John Hartl-Seattle Times
Alexandra is a pleasure to watch, but it's also one of those lovely, unclassifiable movies that flourishes better with repeated or prolonged exposures.
Wesley Morris-Boston Globe
An unusual masterpiece atmospheric anti-war film that is an example of cinema as pure feeling.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Eccentric and tender, it is a picture out for grace rather than polemics, and it finds enough to make one see emotional intimacy anew
Fernando F. Croce-CinePassion
Sokurov is able to say things about the terrible conflict without obvious polemic but to the maximum possible effect. That's largely why he is one of the most audacious and original directors in the world today.
Derek Malcolm-This is London
His sepia images of war's futility are beautiful, and Vishnevskaya's face is a compelling one, but they cannot compensate for the soporific anti-narrative.
The eerie haze of the visuals, the half-babble of music and the toneless, teasing dialogue dance attendance on the strangest ghost of all: Galina Vishnevskaya.
Nigel Andrews-Financial Times
Shot in shades of bleached-out khaki brown and augmented by a heart-rending orchestral score, it's a unique and intensely moving elegy for wasted lives.
Sam Wigley-Total Film
It's a film of small details rather than big gestures...and all the more powerful for it.
Tim Evans-Sky Movies
But Aleksandr Sokurov, with the mesmerising and subtly disorientating directorial style that he has mastered, makes it feel emotionally real and imaginatively true. A wonderful film.
Sukhdev Sandhu-Daily Telegraph
A bone-weariness pervades every inch of the film; even the light is bleached dry of vitality.
Cath Clarke-Guardian [UK]
Apart from a thoroughly irritating background track of schmaltzy classical music, this is Sokurov at his shortest and most digestible.
James Christopher-Times [UK]
This is war as stalemate, with Aleksandr Burov's bleached images creating an alien landscape in which colour is as rare as compassion. Rarely has combat seemed so savage or futile.
David Parkinson-Empire Magazine
Perhaps Sokurov's film will leave some viewers as weary as its protagonist, but this intimate and evocative journey through war is well worth taking.
Here is what filmmaking looks like at its absolute best: a movie of bold and aggressive originality that expresses itself with the utmost delicacy.
Tim Brayton-Antagony & Ecstasy
One of those pure films that's devoid of excess and overstatement...simple but searing.
Frank Swietek-One Guy's Opinion
Interesting look at life in the Russian military, but to what purpose?
Boo Allen-Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Clever scenario looks at the balance of power betwween age, sex, and nationality
Marty Mapes-Movie Habit
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