Alexandra's Project
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Rolf de Heer's psychological thriller Alexandra's Project captures a turning point in a very unhappy marriage. Steve (Gary Sweet) and Alexandra (Helen Buday) have two children and numerous grievances against each other. After a birthday in which Steve received a birthday cake and a raise at his job, Steve arrives home to find his family is gone and a videotape awaiting his viewing. On the tape, Alexandra lists all of her frustrations and begins to strip for the camera. She then reveals that she suffers from breast cancer. Before the now emotionally reeling Steve can recover, he learns… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a contrived -- though carefully crafted -- bit of movie gamesmanship that sometimes seems like a claustrophobic stunt."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's a movie that will leave few men unrattled and many women vicariously satisfied."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Manipulateur et de mauvaise foi."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"It's the tension and performances that pull you through, never letting your attention stray from what's going down on-screen."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Even though the performances are terrific and the claustrophobic atmospherics effective, the film elicits more anger than praise."
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"De Heer offers a wicked twist on household secrets and lies."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Buday is coolly persuasive in the seesaw role of an unbalanced housewife who jerks from despair to anger."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"It plays as part thriller, part psycho drama, but really tends to play around with the genres rather than settle in for the ride."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"confidently shot and scripted in clipped, emotionally direct dialogue that's thankfully not resorting to Harold Pinter, David Mamet, or Neil LaBute"
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Filmcritic.com
"It's really the feel-bad movie of the week. In a genius sort of way."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"De Heer, who also wrote the script, would have us believe that a wife who's tired of her oblivious bloke of a husband could suddenly become conniving and cruel, coolly defending her actions with twisted logic that's sold as feminism."
‑ John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"That damn videotape takes the edge off the mood both visually and dramatically."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"nihilistic film covers familiar territory in a fresh new way that is extremely memorable"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"I Spit on Your Grave gets to the nitty gritty. The equally problematic Alexandra's Project is simply glib."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"This low-budget Australian film is pitched as a psycho-sexual thriller but it's not thrilling at all: it's just cold, hateful and cheap."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
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