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Alexandra's Project (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 19 December 2003 (USA)
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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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Happy Birthday Dad. PLAY ME ! [DVD Australia] See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Cyan Films | Film Movement | See more »

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:

AUD2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,078, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$752,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,224,975
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like actress Helen Buday, actor Bogdan Koca was immediately excited about the possibility of working with director Rolf de Heer. "When Rolf asked me if I was interested in playing the part of Bill, I think I said something like 'I don't even want to read the script. I just want to work with you. If you want to film the Yellow Pages, I'll do that with you because I'm interested in your creative approach to filmmaking,'" recalled Koca. 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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Featured in Alexandra's Project: In the Eye of the Beholder (2008) See more »

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One of a kind cruel and demented psycho-sexual thriller
11 March 2006 | by IndyrodSee all my reviews

What a cruel demented movie this is, from the same distributors as "Wolves in the Snow", one of my favorite thrillers this year without a doubt. This Australian movie is much different, as it is about a man, Steve, celebrating his birthday. His morning starts with happy birthday stuff from his lovely family and his pretty wife Alexandra. But before leaving for work, his Wife tells him her main birthday present for him will be when he returns from work. He goes to work thinking everything is rosy, has a great day, they have a surprise party for him, and then he gets called in and receives a promotion. WOW, Steve is definitely having a great birthday, and he still has his lovely Wife's surprise gift to look forward to. When he arrives home, everything is dark, all the light bulbs have been removed, nobody is in sight, not his children, not his Wife, nobody. Furniture has been turned upside down, and Steve is still thinking Alexandra is playing a cute little joke on him and searches around his home, but finds nothing UNTIL!!!! In one room, he finds a package from his wife with a videotape inside, with a label that says "play me". His easy chair is all ready for him, with a VCR and television waiting. When he starts playing the tape, his Wife gives him a happy birthday message, and then goes into a slow strip tease for him, and Steve is smiles from ear to ear. BUT, things go rapidly downhill from there, and before long, Steve is starting to wish this whole thing is a bad nightmare. Steve gets subjected to remorse, deception and revenge, and then even a bigger shock, as the tape stops, but the video feed continues revealing that the next portion is indeed live, and he is locked in his house. This is a one of a kind psycho-sexual thriller, and I have never seen a movie like this before, and it had me mesmerized to say the least. It goes all the way from being highly erotic, to down right as mean spirited as hell. The studio that is putting these movies out, is the first to release award winning movies at theaters and on DVD at the same time. And based on the only two I have seen so far, the movies are remarkable. The subscription service is located at www.filmmovement.com , and definitely deserves attention.


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