Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)
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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
Sep 8, 1996 Wide
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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.
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.
Lyrical and evocative, Prisoner of the Mountains represents a balanced and telling examination of the absurdity of war.
In its simple aim to show how war is mankind's curse, the film is effective.
A reminder of how revealing it can be to see classic tales through the prism of another culture.
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.
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.
A varied and evocative treat, a poignant parable that doubles as a wisely non-judgmental political commentary.
The revealing Caucasus Mountain place-in-time cinematography is outstanding.
Prisoner of the Mountains can take its place among the better anti-war films.
A terse, poetic look at the intimacy of war -- when enemies come face to face.
Bodrov and Mekhralieva both make lasting impressions in their acting debuts.
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