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Alexandra's Project (English Subtitled) NR

3.5 out of 5 stars (57) IMDb 6.6/10

Steve heads home from work expecting that his wife, Alexandra, has thrown him a surprise birthday party. Instead, a video tape marked "Play Me" reveals a sultry side of his wife and a shocking secret that will change his life forever. Australia. English. Official Selection-Berlin and Toronto Int'l FFs.

Gary Sweet, Helen Buday
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, International, Mystery
Director Rolf de Heer
Starring Gary Sweet, Helen Buday
Supporting actors Bogdan Koca, Samantha Knigge, Jack Christie, Eileen Darley, Geoff Revell, Philip Spruce, Nathan O'Keefe, Peter Green, Martha Lott, Cindy Elliott, Gemma Falk, Nicole Daniel, Duncan Graham, Michael Ienna
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By mjd on March 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Many others have already reviewed the plot, so I will stay away from that. I just saw it at our the Cleveland International Film Festival. The director / writer was in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

De Heer claimed that he strived for balance in the two characters when making the film. He also admitted that most people who see the film do not see much balance. He also said that feminist groups were the main advocates for the film.

After watching I came to two conclusions on his intentions.
1. The only balance that I saw is that in the beginning she is miserable and at the end he is miserable.
2. I cant see how any feminst group would get behind this movie. DeHeer portrays this woman as a crazy b#$%#. She is vengeful, she is a whore (literaly), she abuses drugs, and probably worst of all she kidnaps their children.

I would hate to meet the kind of people that support this lunatic. Any feminst that supports a person like this needs mental help. This women is evil and in real life she would lose both of those kids to the father. Dont mistake me here, the father is no choir boy himself. He certainly has his vices and the writer makes sure you know that. But by the end their is only one victim.

As a movie it is very well written and clever. It is a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat for what will happen next. It ends on a down note with a little humor built in to soften some of the blow.

In whole it is a film that is worth seeing. It will keep your interest and leave you thinking....
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Based on the reviews I've read, my girlfriend and I decided to rent this one from the library. One hundred and three mintues later, we were both emotionally drained and still wondering what the hell did we just view.

My girlfriend picked up the DVD case sitting next to us and flipped it over to view the back of it. She read aloud, "The Toronto Star said this is 'a movie that will leave few men unrattled and many women vicariously satisfied.'" She then turned to me and said, "'Vicariously satisfied?' What unwanted, unloved bitch had the gall to write that statement?"

In this day and age of "femme fatale"/Thelma and Louise movies, this one is full of bark AND bite, leaving very little else for anything but conversation when its over. I'm sure that that's what the director, Rolf de Heer, wanted to have happen among couples who watch this movie. The funny thing is there would not of been a movie if the main characters DID what de Heer expects his viewers to do: TALK.

Instead, we're treated to a woman, who, though sane, is DEFINATELY not rational. During her "project", it is implied that her husband, Steve, may of had affairs within the marriage, will not let her have money, will not let her take control of any bills, and, if assuming that everything she tells us through videotape is true, he's not emotionally there for her. But that in no way justifies the actions for which she'll take all in a single night to "explain" herself to him. The result leaves one with a bad taste in their mouth after being witness to her anger at and liberation from Steve.

My girlfriend and I will go to the middle and give this movie three stars. It is a well written, extremely well acted film. However.....
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There's no denying that Alexandra's Project is a disappointment coming from Rolf de Heer, who made the superb The Tracker, one of the best Australian films of the decade. It's extremely well crafted and hides its low budget quite ingeniously, but unfortunately the birthday surprise that Gary Sweet gets from wife Helen Buday doesn't really hold together if you shake the package too much. Partially it's because the punishment seems far in excess of the crime, partially because you get the feeling that Rolf de Heer has been reading feminist literature just to compile a shopping list of grievances (most of them valid), but mainly because the holes in logic get bigger as the revenge grows out of proportion to the offence until the somewhat ridiculous climax: it's simply not credible even within the framework of the film. But the real problem is that you end up feeling sympathy for the husband for having the misfortune to marry so such wacko, which clearly is not the idea.

There's still much to admire. De Heer sustains the suspense as to what exactly will happen while creating a plausible air of impending dread, the distortion from the anamorphic lenses on doorways and corridors adding to the sense that something's definitely off here, while Sweet is outstandingly good in a role that requires mainly reaction shots from an armchair. Buday is impressive too, but it's more an impressive "performance" with odd moments of truth rather than an entirely convincing human being in the way that Sweet's character is - more a fault of the agenda-led writing of her scenes than her own commendably brave efforts.

The Australian special edition boasts a good selection of extras - 61-minute Q&A session with De Heer, half-hour documentary, trailer and stills gallery.
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