Galina Vichnevskaya gives a stellar performance here; one of stoicism, dignity and regality. This is perhaps Sokurov's most humanist work, a straight forward story of a grandmother meeting up with her soldier grandson at a military camp in Grozny. But the layers in this film beg to be discovered as the film is not just a tribute to Vichnevskaya but a rumination on the effect of war in the most humanist detail.
Sokurov explores who fights in wars from exactly the right angle. Alexandra, a perfect title, and focus. All the ironies are here, the youth of the soldiers, &, despite PTSD, their innocence, & the elderly perception, Alexandra cares, has compassion, is troubled, deeply, & yet she still believes in strength, doesn't oppose the military machine, nor her grandson's participation in it. He is an 'officer,' afterall.
The most heart-warming movie I've seen for a long time, 'Alexandra' is a low-key anti-war drama, so tenderly filmed that you almost forget that the story is set on a zone of military operations. Sukurov looks at his characters with a maternal affection, and his characters, military men, return the gaze with the childish innocence of those that were taken too early from the motherly warmth.
Deseando pasar como un poema visual con tintes anti-guerra restringiéndose de todo drama, romanticismo y propaganda exagerada, lo más rescatable de esta cinta (aparte de su cinematografía) son un par de close-up de rostros que dicen muchísimo más que la cinta entera.
You have wrong names of russian DP members! and then a couple of duplicate (very similar names for same people) not cool! http://mubi.com/cast_members/7784 http://mubi.com/cast_members/12704 http://mubi.com/cast_members/67358 http://mubi.com/cast_members/12713 there are more... it would be ok to at least have the names right and all their films on one page!
Il y a un côté très rêveur à ce film, mais la métaphore du personnage principal comme Mère Russie lui enlève toute substance. Comme toujours chez Sokourov, la lumière est magnifique. Simplement, cette fois-ci, on s'ennuie.