The best way to enjoy a movie directed by Elwood Perez is not to judge the picture in its totality, which could be exasperating but rather to look at it as a collection of inspired, outrageous and maddening moments. Big moments loaded with emotions they never fail to throw a story off course. And yet for all the ambitious intentions, these highly charged moments are strangely, almost always lacking in seriousness. Such off beat dramatics have persistently blocked the director's recognition as an artist worthy of such serious consideration. Elwood Perez's movies have been described as anywhere from sacrilegious to shameful and thanks to his more vocal detractors, his more sizzling pictures have never failed to attract the public's attention. Just when everybody thought that Elwood had cleaned up his act, along comes Alexandra (Cinematic International), his boldest and most daring effort to date. In this picture, Elwood Perez takes the subject of sex out of the bedroom and into the corporate world where lust and violence take on a strange sadistic twist. Alexandra tells the story of Sandra (Angela Perez), who has just finished secretarial college and ends up working for a multi-national corporation. Without her mother's (Liza Lorena) knowledge, she is sexually abused by her employer Mr. Cortez (Jaime Fabregas). Disgusted with the dirty old man, Sandra finds comfort in the arms of wealthy businessmen Rico Lopez (Val Sotto), Gerry Garces (Roy Alvarez) and his Uncle Freddie (Tony Carreon). She gives her body to all of these men but none of them is able to give her satisfaction and contentment.
While Alexandra does have something to say, it achieves neither clarity nor conviction, because the movie is derailed from its central intention by the long drawn out sex scenes. Concretely, the point of Alexandra's screenplay, which is out of focus to begin with, becomes even more vague and tenuous, when the movie decides that it is really interested in showing the myriad ways in which Angela Perez's body is manhandled by the three men she uses to escape from poverty. Similarly, scenes showing Perez stripping or swimming in the raw are repeated for no valid reason and lingered upon each time, with the camera strategically angled to catch her full breasts and caress her pudenda. Perez's sexual bouts visually rate a litany of lascivious details, even long after the point of the scenes has been made. Alexandra is tipsy and awkward in characterization. The movie cannot be faulted for its ambitious melodramatic push which is gluey and embarrassing but this is Elwood Perez in his daring attempt to discover mood. Alexandra is not a masterpiece but the movie is worth a curious look for its sheer boldness.
Directed By: Elwood Perez
Story By: Enrique de Jesus Serialized In Babae Magazine
Screenplay: Francisco Lopez
Cinematographer: Alfonso Alvarez
Musical Director: Marita Manuel
Film Editor: Augusto Salvador
Production Design: Bobby Bautista
Produced By: Cinemax International
Release Date: April 4, 1986