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Opening This Week

24 March 2008 7:41 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Apparently, less is more this week, as "Flawless" and "Priceless" both head to the big screen and work from minimalist Alexander Sokurov balances out over-the-top offerings like "Superhero Movie" and "21."

"Alexandra"

Russian avant-garde director Alexander Sokurov's melancholic drama landed itself a Palme D'Or nomination last year at Cannes. Set in a nameless, war-torn place that bares more than a passing resemblance to Chechnya, "Alexandra" has for its star veteran opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, who plays an elderly woman who sets off to visit her grandson, a soldier stationed at the edge of a wasteland. In Russian with subtitles.

Opens in New York.

"Backseat"

Labeled by some a "Sideways" for twenty-somethings, "Backseat" features Rob Bogue and Josh Alexander, who also wrote the film's script, as a pair of directionless friends who take to the open road in a bid to outrun the incoming juggernaut of adult responsibility and maybe meet Donald Sutherland. »

- Neil Pedley

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