By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated April 17, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Alexandra

type
  • Movie

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-

Alexandra

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 94 minutes
director
  • Alexander Sokurov

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