Aleksandra 2007

Critics score:
89 / 100

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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. Read more

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. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: Aleksandr Sokurov's anti-war drama Alexandra opens with a curious image and spends 90 minutes squeezing it for all it's worth. Read more

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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. Read more

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 Read more

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V.A. Musetto, New York Post: Alexandra is a much more modest undertaking, but is just as compelling. And Galina Vishnevskaya, an 81-year-old opera singer, is wonderful as Alexandra. Read more

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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Remarkable, how little Sokurov tells us, while telling us so much. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Without mounting a soap box, the film makes eloquent points about the struggle. Read more

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Dave Calhoun, Time Out: Sokurov applies a thoughtful, humanist spin to the Chechen war - or any war - in this quiet mediation. Read more

Jay Weissberg, Variety: Less accessible to general auds than The Sun, pic deserves major accolades from fests as well as discerning arthouses. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity. Read more