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½ August 8, 2013
A drama with an funny undertone, especially the first part. The story is all right - two Russians get captured by muslim rebels in the Caucasus. We get a bond between people of different countries and this is what the film really is about if you ask me.

Cool nature, interesting cultures and an OK war film setting. Actually it's all right on most features. You won't get bored and there seem to be a message here. Good anti-war flick in a quite creative way. Not much wrong with this film, but nothing extraordinary either


7 out of 10 wooden birds.
½ November 13, 2012
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a total number of former soviet republic was granted their independents, but there where also those republic that didn't, like Chechnya. Which resulted in multiple wars between Chechen nationalist and the Russians. And the situation has just escalated, and the hatred is still passionet, because it's been there for over five hundred years.

Sergey Bodrov's Prisoner of the Mountains is the story about two Russian soldiers, Sasha and Vanya who's been captured by a Chechen militia, and is kept in a Chechen village as prisoners as ransom for one of the leaders son who's captured by the Russians. While the two Russians tries to find a way to escape, they also seems to find a nice tone with the villagers, and it also seems like the leaders daughter have grown found of Vanya, something that might cause great consequences.

Prisoner of the Mountain is a great film about a bloodthirsty conflict, where reconciliation seems impossible, and where a small drop of empathy can get big consequences. A battle where no sign of weakness is allowed. And not to give away the ending, it is truly one of the most ironic endings ever. But what is also great about this film is also the insight of the Chechen culture, and they are portrayed as human being and theirs motives are none of other than freedom. It is indeed a powerful which shows us the everyday live of every Chechen and their struggle with the Russian repression. Thumbs up.
November 1, 2012
I liked this movie, although it is not one I would watch over and over again. So many things went wrong, if and only if ... things would have turned out better. Loved the cast. So sad that the actor Sergei Bodrov, Jr. died in real life, he was such a good actor in this and in the other movies I saw him in.
½ May 31, 2012
This is probably one of the best foreign films I have seen! This was just an amazing flick and recommend to anyone who is interested in war films.
Super Reviewer
February 24, 2012
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.
½ October 7, 2011
Good and charming at times.
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
August 27, 2010
nominated for best foreign film at the golden globes and oscars
½ April 13, 2010
Don't let these people fool you. This is not a good movie.
½ December 16, 2009
gripande, snygg och helt enkelt bara jävligt bra!
½ December 7, 2009
the best movie by Sergei Bodrov for me.
½ December 6, 2009
Magnificent!!! A different taste of a war movie!!!
November 16, 2009
This slow and thoughtful film provides a realistic look at the delicate conflict between Russia and the inhabitants of the war torn Caucasus mountains, giving viewers a rare opportunity to witness daily life in the bleak and totally isolated villages lost in the magnificent harsh landscape of the Caucasus mountains (the land of G.I. Gurdjieff), with nature and village photography worthy of National Geographic!
½ October 12, 2009
elegiac, sympathetic, humourous and tragic - what more could you want from a film that ably demonstrates how Tolstoy can be modernised to the 1990s
½ May 13, 2009
For Westerners the setting is amazingly exotic. Quite a bit of scenery, ambience and unique charactes. Still, the film's dragging along at times and occasionally is downright boring. With a bit more work on the script, this could have been a far better film... but the village elder, the guy who captures the two Russian soldiers - that guy has charisma to spare - Hollywood - book this guy!
March 27, 2009
Breathtaking scenery. The story is ok and acting is generally pretty good, but what makes this movie worth recommending is the relationships that develop between the two Russian soldiers and their muslim captors.
February 28, 2009
well shot, good music, and good story overall. Conveys a complex story through a very simple tale.
January 16, 2009
Some, really beautiful scenery, good dialogue and an ok story.
Enjoyable to watch, several laughs and warmth.
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