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Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Political rivals, divided by a bloody war, are forced to come to terms with one another in this drama, which was adapted from Leo Tolstoy's short story "Prisoner of the Caucasus." In Chechnya, two Russian soldiers, nervous rookie Vania (Sergei Bodrov, Jr.) and hardened veteran Sasha (Oleg Menshikov), are captured by Muslim forces. Abdul-Murat (Dzhemal Sikharulidze), the leader of the village where the soldiers are held, also has a son in the war, who is being held as a prisoner of war by the

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Art House & International, Drama

Jul 1, 2003

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Once our disbelief gets suspended, a spell is definitely cast.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The outcome of this movie isn't exactly Hollywood material, but it stirs thoughts and feelings that outlast all too many American studio releases.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Simple, powerful, convincing.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The performances that Bodrov drew from a mostly amateur cast of Muslim villagers -- most of whom have never seen running hot water, let alone a movie camera -- are alone worth the price of admission.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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A thoughtful and moving film about war.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Lyrical and evocative, Prisoner of the Mountains represents a balanced and telling examination of the absurdity of war.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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In its simple aim to show how war is mankind's curse, the film is effective.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A reminder of how revealing it can be to see classic tales through the prism of another culture.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Searing drama about war and ethnic hatred.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Bodrov has created a stirring drama that brings sharp human and physical dimensions to ethnic tensions that have long plagued Russia and its adjacent republics.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Poignant without being heavy, Prisoner of the Mountains is insightful and even magical in spots, rather than grandiose as American war pictures (even one about POWs) tend to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

A varied and evocative treat, a poignant parable that doubles as a wisely non-judgmental political commentary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

Taut contemplation about love, war and humanity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The revealing Caucasus Mountain place-in-time cinematography is outstanding.

January 1, 2000
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Prisoner of the Mountains can take its place among the better anti-war films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A terse, poetic look at the intimacy of war -- when enemies come face to face.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Bodrov and Mekhralieva both make lasting impressions in their acting debuts.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Those looking for something other than cliches and oversimplifications will be disappointed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

It takes a Russian touch to make a film about war that shows compassion, brutality, hope and hopelessness, and does so with only 3 minutes of battle scenes. This movie has a deliberate pace, which makes you appreciate the film while you are thinking about what is happening. The story line is solid, and never is it unbelievable. The cinematography is beautiful. The acting well done. Nice movie.
November 18, 2010
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A well deserving Best Foreign Picture Oscar winner back in 1997. Not too many pictures depicted the uprisings in Chechnya of the period and this does so well from a very personal perspective.
February 24, 2012
John Ballantine

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