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Alexandra (New Yorker)

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In a desolate, sun-scorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson, a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routines of military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside. Featuring a mesmerizing performance by Russian opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya, Alexandra is a viscerally powerful new film from the great Alexander Sokurov.

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001NJ913Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Fans of Russian cinema will want to see this little known gem. It's an evocative film that focuses on the human impact of war on the Chechnyan populace, Russian soldiers, and primarily on a Russian Army officer (Vasily Shevtsov) and his grandmother Alexandra Nikolaevna who has traveled to a town near the front to visit him.

Since the real-world conflict there has been underway for more than a decade (it started in the mid-'90s), the film seems to be set after the war has been underway for a while. This can be inferred from the established Russian military base and the operation of an open-air market in the war-torn Chechnyan town near the base.

The lack of a specific point in time during that war can be construed as a clue that the film is trying to make a broad statement about the war, and perhaps war in general. Most of the film follows the Russian grandmother Alexandra, played by renowned Russian opera star Galina Vishnevskaya (the real-life spouse of Russian cellist & conductor Mstislav Rostropovich). She gives a splendid understated performance as she travels by train and armored personnel carrier to visit her grandson Denis and spends a few days with him at his military base, and visiting a nearby Chechnyan town.

During Alexandra's brief stay at the military base, she passes her time by wandering around the camp (without her escort), chatting with the soldiers, and relishing the little time that she and her grandson Denis can share. Of course, being the caring grandma that she is, Alexandra occasionally chides Denis for such things as not keeping himself and his uniforms cleaner!
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