Prisoner of the Mountains
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.
Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
More on Prisoner of the Mountains from Infoplease: