Prisoner of the Mountains
|Director:|| Sergei Bodrov|
|Writers:|| Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov and Boris Giller|
|Director of Photography:||Pavel Lebeshev|
|Editors:||Olga Grinshpun, Vera Kruglova and Alan Baril|
|Producers:||Boris Giller and Sergei Bodrov|
|Orion Classics; R; 98 minutes|
|Cast:||Oleg Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Jamal Sihouralidze and Susanna Mekhraliyeva|
|Based on Prisoner of the Caucasus by Leo Tolstoy|
|In Russian with English subtitles|
Though written 150 years ago, the conflicts in Russia remain the same, almost as if no time has passed. Set in a Muslim village tucked away in the Caucasus Mountains, two Russian soldiers, a seasoned veteran, Sacha (Menshikov), and a new recruit, Vanya (Bodrov, Jr.), are taken hostage by Chechens. The Chechen chieftain, Abdoul-Mourat (Sihouralidze) says he will release Vanya in exchange for his son, whom the Russians hold prisoner. During the protracted negotiations, Sacha and Vanya develop a bond between themselves and also with their captors, especially the young, flirtatious Dina (Mekhraliyeva). A moving portrait of the complexity and brutality of war.
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