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Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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  • Summary: In a desolate, sun-scorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson, a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routine of military life, before making a suddenIn a desolate, sun-scorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson, a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routine of military life, before making a sudden trip to the outlying countryside. (The Cinema Guild) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A film of startling originality and beauty -- feels like a communiqué from another time, another place, anywhere but here.
  2. In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition.
  3. It's unlike any other war film, in any language.
  4. 88
    Alexandra is a pleasure to watch, but it's also one of those lovely, unclassifiable movies that flourishes better with repeated or prolonged exposures.
  5. 80
    Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra is founded on contradiction. Musing on war in general and the Russian occupation of Chechnya in particular, this is a movie in which combat is never shown.
  6. The luminous humanity that characterizes the films of Alexander Sokurov is in full force in Alexandra. On the surface, it is a work of the utmost simplicity but is charged with the eternal complexities and contradictions of both love and war.
  7. 67
    The contrast of a warm maternal figure and a remote army outpost is undeniably affecting. But when Vishnevskaya opens her mouth, she spoils the mood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. LDeeds
    Mar 28, 2008
    10
    Stunning and powerful.
  2. JohnP
    May 9, 2008
    10
    Wonderful time seeing this, cannot be missed.
  3. DickC.
    May 2, 2009
    10
    Erotic and delicious I had a huge erection throughout.
  4. Norbert
    Apr 11, 2008
    9
    Moving and natural Sometimes action goes too slow but that is not a disadvantage.
  5. TP
    Jun 17, 2008
    8
    Slow, subtle, hypnotic and, powerful, a great little film about the futility and foolishness of war.
  6. Andrew
    May 16, 2009
    4
    War is wasteful, somewhat futile and extremely destructive. Occasionally necessary. The Russian Army is financially and philosophically War is wasteful, somewhat futile and extremely destructive. Occasionally necessary. The Russian Army is financially and philosophically bankrupt. Does anyone not know any of this? If so, watch this film and learn. If not, don't. Yeah, yeah, I know... it's a metaphor for the torpor of Russian history and its tortured soul. The lead, cellist Mistislav Rostropovish's wife, is wonderful. And I'm an ardent fan of slowly-paced, earthy portrayals of this sort. Stil, I couldn't stand to watch more than 60 minutes of this 90-minute film. Have seen it all before, umpteen times, though perhaps not staged as if it occurs in Chechnya. Expand
  7. SJ
    Aug 20, 2008
    1
    So so boring. So many static shots of the old woman walking around.

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