Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 17, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alexandra

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/26/08
performer
Vasily Shevtsov, Galina Vishnevskaya
director
Alexander Sokurov
distributor
The Cinema Guild
author
Alexander Sokurov
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Octogenarian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya looks unmistakably stately but passes as a stolid Everygranny in Alexandra, a startling, elliptical war parable by the intense Russian director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark). Alexandra is a grandmother visiting her soldier grandson, Denis (Vasily Shevtsov), stationed at the Chechen front; she plods into Denis’ military base toting her trusty wheeled shopping cart like it’s market day. And in exploring the premises with a steel will and a maternal tenderness, she takes on the authority of timeless Mother Russia herself. A-

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