Aleksandra (Alexandra)
Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At once ethereal and tangible, Aleksandr Sokurov's humane Chechen War drama features a spectacular turn by opera star Galina Vishnevskay.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unusual masterpiece atmospheric anti-war film that is an example of cinema as pure feeling.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Remarkable, how little Sokurov tells us, while telling us so much.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Eccentric and tender, it is a picture out for grace rather than polemics, and it finds enough to make one see emotional intimacy anew

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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.

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[font=Century Gothic]Previously with "Russian Ark," Alexander Sokurov had given a cinematic tour of the Hermitage that served as a lesson on Russian… More