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Aleksandra (Alexandra)
Alexandra is an elderly woman who has come to see her beloved grandson, a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. Beneath a scorching sun, with the enemy laying in wait beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks--acquainting herself with the routines of military life, the boyish soldiers protecting her homeland--before making a mysterious trip into the outlying countryside.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"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
"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
"A bone-weariness pervades every inch of the film; even the light is bleached dry of vitality."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"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
"An unusual masterpiece atmospheric anti-war film that is an example of cinema as pure feeling."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's a film of small details rather than big gestures...and all the more powerful for it."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Apart from a thoroughly irritating background track of schmaltzy classical music, this is Sokurov at his shortest and most digestible."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Remarkable, how little Sokurov tells us, while telling us so much."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"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
"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
"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
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