Alexandra's Project

Alexandra's Project

Director: Rolf de Heer

Cast: Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bogdan Koca

     
 
Rolf de Heer's psychological thriller Alexandra's Project captures a turning point in a very unhappy marriage. Steve (Gary Sweet) and Alexandra (Helen Buday) have two children and numerous grievances against each other. After a birthday in which Steve received a birthday cake and a raise at his job, Steve arrives home to find his family is gone and a videotape

Overview

Rolf de Heer's psychological thriller Alexandra's Project captures a turning point in a very unhappy marriage. Steve (Gary Sweet) and Alexandra (Helen Buday) have two children and numerous grievances against each other. After a birthday in which Steve received a birthday cake and a raise at his job, Steve arrives home to find his family is gone and a videotape awaiting his viewing. On the tape, Alexandra lists all of her frustrations and begins to strip for the camera. She then reveals that she suffers from breast cancer. Before the now emotionally reeling Steve can recover, he learns that Alexandra has paid to have the neighbor he hates change the locks in the house. Steve is trapped inside with little to do but think about what he has done to his wife, and his only company is the video that continues to provide disturbing information.

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Suffice it to say that Steve will not be having a happy birthday. The title of Rolf de Heer's film tells us all we should know coming in: The female lead, Alexandra, is working on some kind of project as a birthday present for her husband. It involves sending the kids away and makes use of their high-tech home security system. And since Alexandra just spat at the bathroom mirror, imagining it to be her husband's face, this project isn't going to make Steve very happy. Watching what unfolds is the chief pleasure of Alexandra's Project, a film that induces plenty of squirming. Because so much of what happens cannot be anticipated, it's a difficult film to review in any detail. It's the kind of film you try to recommend with a generic "Just see it," since not knowing where it will go is crucial to the viewing experience. Because Alexandra's Project is categorized as a psychological thriller, it's fair to assume some twisted stuff will happen. But not knowing exactly what, or exactly how twisted, is key to the sense of mounting unease. Playing Alexandra, Helen Buday is disturbing and distant, her vacant stares speaking volumes about the possibly psychotic, possibly justified plan whirring around in her head. Cleverly, it's Steve (Gary Sweet) who de Heer casts as the viewer's surrogate -- without committing to whether he'll actually retain sympathy throughout. Sweet's reaction to the project demonstrates a real subtlety on the actor's part; he absorbs the various twists and turns in believable ways, without resorting to big gestures. There's something of the protagonist and something of the antagonist in both of these characters, and de Heer encourages viewers to shift allegiances multiple times -- even to abandon the very idea of allegiances in the case of two such guilty parties.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0616892628729
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
56,999

Special Features

Closed Caption; This month's short film: Bror Min - dir. Jens Jonsson

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Alexandra's Project [9:01]
2. Go to Work [9:56]
3. Ready [8:01]
4. Play Me [9:38]
5. Let's Talk [8:20]
6. Enough [9:57]
7. Touch It [7:42]
8. Pat Attention [9:04]
9. Don't Do This [7:56]
10. There You Are [9:06]
11. Time to Go [8:06]
12. Credits [1:43]

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