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A look into a strong woman's journey in a war torn zone
This film is about an old woman travelling miles to Chechnya to visit his grandson who got stationed there as a soldier.
"Aleksandra" is aptly titled as the film evolves entirely around her. She is strong, tough and is not intimidated by other soldiers. On the other hand, she has a loving side, as she unconditionally cares for other people. She cares for the soldiers she does not know, or the other women in the market whom are supposed to be "on the other side" of the conflict.
I am also glad that there is a lot of positivity, as shown by Malika inviting Aleksandra back home. People on the different sides can still be friends. Another impressive instant is that the young man who walked Aleksandra home points out that it is not "her fault" but the Chechnyans are tired. It breathes rationality and hope in the rather stagnant situation. A brief shot of ruined building still lived by Chechnyans is rather heart breaking. This anti-war message is very subtly hidden, and feels more human than a propaganda.
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