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Alexandra (2008) Octogenarian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya looks unmistakably stately but passes as a stolid Everygranny in Alexandra , a startling, elliptical war parable by the intense Russian… 2008-03-26 Unrated PT94M Drama Vasily Shevtsov Galina Vishnevskaya The Cinema Guild
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Alexandra (2008)

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Alexandra | GRANDMOTHER RUSSIA For Galina Vishnevskaya, war is a chance to say Hello to her soldier-grandson at the Chechen front in the Russian war parable Alexandra
GRANDMOTHER RUSSIA For Galina Vishnevskaya, war is a chance to say Hello to her soldier-grandson at the Chechen front in the Russian war parable Alexandra
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Details Limited Release: Mar 26, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Vasily Shevtsov and Galina Vishnevskaya; Distributor: The Cinema Guild

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-

Originally posted Apr 17, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints