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: May 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% 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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Daniel Kasman

The film had so beautifully evoked this tenor of decamped emotional ties, of a people cared for forever traveling away from home, by conflating the grandmother's searching familial love with the isolated, forlorn faces of the soldiers...

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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The sepia tones and the claustrophobic camerawork are instantly recognizable as Sokurov's work, and so is the emphasis on family intimacy.

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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Alexandra is a pleasure to watch, but it's also one of those lovely, unclassifiable movies that flourishes better with repeated or prolonged exposures.

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Fernando F. Croce

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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