This was kinda interesting (cucumbers aside), but it leaves the feeling of screen time being used unsuccessfully. To be honest, the tape thing got tired easily, around the first third of it. After that, I was only expecting some great revelations about Alexandra's project. Let's talk about that bland climax, shall we? It's - maybe - surprising, but it does not stand out to be nearly memorable. This is a let down.
Now, this is just a damn impressive thriller! Rolf de Heer takes the simple concept of watching a videotape and keeps you hooked the whole running time. Of course, it also helps that he constantly (and masterfully) subverts any expectations you may have about how the plot will progress. Helen Buday also deserves praise for her excellent performance, holding nothing back in a very challenging role.
A frightening reflection on the unspoken, fundamental problems in relationships, which when trapped in matrimony, become hell. Simple, yet weaving at the pace of drunken breaths, Alexandra's Project goes from silent to explosive at the turn of each revelation until there is nothing left and the project is complete.
Chaotic and unsubstantial from the start, this is worst film I've seen in many moons. This worn, trite relationship story is not anchored by any sense of context or background. Along with that, one cannot ignore the cavalcade of visual absurdities, loose ends and implausible circumstances. Interpose vapid production values, actors with so little to work with and you've got an exhausting, pedestrian implosion.
Not a good film to watch if you want happiness in your life. While it does bring to light very real issues in modern domestic relations, it does so in a cruel and unfulfilling way. The filming itself was done nicely, is themed well and is paced in just a way to leave your frightfully on edge. The conclusion serves no solution to the problem.
I DO like this movie... well, I like the movie that it WANTS to be. I just wish that de Heer was a better writer than he shows us here and was able to do better by his characters so that these two actors who really work hard to embody them would have more to show for their efforts. But de Heer misses the boat and creates a couple of caricatures by the end that have no soul, no good reasoning and laughable endings.
This film was really good in creating an exciting thriller that kept the viewer guessing what is going to happen next. Focused on a wife leaving her husband she sets up a “trap” to make him listen to her and face all that he has put her through. Although a bit a graphic and explicit Rolf de Heer creates an interesting story from start to finish.
This little gem from Australia is a prime example of what makes independent film so exciting. The bulk of the film takes place in a single room between to characters, but it's always compelling, engrossing, and intense with superb performances and strong, intelligent writing. Not a well known film, but one that should be sought out.