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Alexandra's Project (2003)

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A regular suburban family man comes home from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played...

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Rolf de Heer

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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Sweet ... Steve / Husband
Helen Buday ... Alexandra / Wife
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ... Bill
Samantha Knigge Samantha Knigge ... Emma
Jack Christie Jack Christie ... Sam
Eileen Darley Eileen Darley ... Christine
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Rodney
Philip Spruce Philip Spruce ... Taxi Driver (as Phillip Spruce)
Nathan O'Keefe ... Man at Door
Peter Green Peter Green ... Chairman
Martha Lott Martha Lott ... Female Worker
Cindy Elliott Cindy Elliott ... Female Worker
Gemma Falk Gemma Falk ... Female Worker
Nicole Daniel Nicole Daniel ... Female Worker
Duncan Graham Duncan Graham ... Male Worker
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Storyline

Steve is a man who has it all, a successful career, wonderful children, beautiful home and a loving wife. However, returning to his home after work on his birthday, he finds his house deserted and darkened with almost all the lightbulbs missing, all easy access outside cut off and a videotape waiting for him. Playing that tape, he watches a bizarre and grueling recording in which his wife explains her grievance with him, her reasons for disappearing with the children and her revenge for how he treated her in a way he would never forget. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança de Alexandra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,764 (Australia), 9 May 2003, Limited Release
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Rolf de Heer said of lead actor Gary Sweet who played the leading man role of Steve: "There's something about Gary's public image, and the private baggage he carries with him as an actor that was right for this role," noted de Heer. "He has this public persona, being many times married and always in the gossip columns, that for me worked very much for the role of Steve." See more »

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Husband Steve is watching the video with the TV control in his right hand & a smoke in his left hand. The film angle changes & now the TV remote is in his left hand & the smoke is in his right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alexandra: [talking to the mirror] I'm sorry Steve, I'm truly sorry.
[spits into the mirror]
Alexandra: Don't be sorry. Never be sorry.
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Steam Will Rise
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Unpleasant, but can you really fault it?
13 May 2003 | by mppullarSee all my reviews

I have to say, I'm a bit confused by the responses of so many people to "Alexandra's Project". Enough Australians have gone to see it for it to be one of the only art-house films in my living memory to make it into the Top 10 at the Box Office, but no-one really seems to like it, with the exception of a few critics. In fact, when I came out of the cinema after seeing it, I heard one woman say, "That was a really bad movie." And this intrigues me - in what way is this a "really bad movie"? I can understand that very few people will enjoy it. I personally cannot say that I did. But as to its technique, construction, delivery etc., how can you fault it? The only explanation that occurs to me is that audiences are so alienated by the material that they can't notice a) Gary Sweet and Helen Buday's amazing performances, b) tight direction, c) brilliant sound and film editing and d) eerily effective cinematography. Perhaps Australian audiences don't like to be provoked in this kind of way, and I can see how that could easily be the case. "Alexandra's Project" is a feel-bad movie to end all feel-bad movies. It makes "Leaving Las Vegas" look like "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". But does that make it a "really bad" movie? Some have actually criticised the material for being mundane - I REALLY don't understand that. Rolf de Heer has come up with a phenomenally complex and thought-provoking story, which, with the benefit of an amazing cast and very skilled technical crew who don't seem at all affected by what was a ridiculously low-budget, has been made into one of the (technically) best Australian films in years. If you don't want your films to be challenging, then don't bother - you'll hate it. But if you DO go and see it, try to accept it for what it is, which is an unpleasant but brilliant film that will give you food for thought for the next year.

That being said, I don't think I could ever watch it again, and probably couldn't bear to watch a film that I thought would be anything like it. It's impossible to come out of with your emotions at all intact.

Objectively speaking, ten out of ten. Congratulations Rolf. But in terms of audience enjoyment? Impossible to assess. Just watch it for yourself and see.


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