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Alexandra (2007)

Aleksandra (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 26 September 2007 (France)
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An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

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Aleksandr Sokurov
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Galina Vishnevskaya ... Aleksandra Nikolaevna
Vasily Shevtsov Vasily Shevtsov ... Denis
Raisa Gichaeva Raisa Gichaeva ... Malika
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Bogdanov Andrei Bogdanov
Sultan Dokaev Sultan Dokaev
Aleksandr Kladko Aleksandr Kladko
Serge Makarov ... Vovka
Aleksei Neymyshev Aleksei Neymyshev
Rustam Shakhgireev Rustam Shakhgireev
Evgeniy Tkachuk
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An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

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Drama | War

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(A 54:24) In Malika's house, Malika invites Alexandra to take her jacket off. Alexandra does so laboriously. 20 seconds later she's suddenly wearing it again, and works her way out of it once more. See more »

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Featured in The Voice of Sokurov (2014) See more »

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A tender story of a grandmother's concern
30 April 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I don't know many grandmothers that would take a troop train across Russia, then get on top a troop transport to visit their grandson (Vasily Shevtsov), an Army Captain in Chechnya. But this grandmother (Galina Vishnevskaya) did. It was certainly an arduous journey for the elderly woman.

The films color is appropriate for the hot and dirty climate where here grandson is stationed. The soldiers are all shirtless and just sit around waiting. The other soldiers watch her with fascination, probably thinking of home and their own grandmothers.

She makes her way to the market where cigarettes are priced depending upon you rank. The locals look at the Russians with disgust. She manages to connect with a local, Malika (Raisa Gichaeva), who treats her like a sister.

It is not a place for a grandmother, but she manages to connect again with her grandson before he goes off on a five-days mission, and she boards the troop train home.

It was only anti-war in a subtle sense. The futility of it all was visible, but not exaggerated. Maybe the futility was finally recognized as the Russians are to leave Chechnya soon.

A very good story.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Russia | France

Language:

Russian | Chechen

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandra See more »

Filming Locations:

Grozny, Chechnya, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,401, 30 March 2008

Gross USA:

$128,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$460,139
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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