Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)


Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)


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In this unsettling Russian film, two captured Russian soldiers are engaged in a waiting game with their captors in a remote Caucasian village. Eventually the two escape, leaving a trail of bodies behind them. They are recaptured, and one of them dies, while the other suffers a more ironic fate.

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Critic Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

The mountain-top locations are stunning; it's like a visit to the moon. And the story has all of the cynicism of war itself.

Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The outcome of this movie isn't exactly Hollywood material, but it stirs thoughts and feelings that outlast all too many American studio releases.

Jan 22, 2002 | Full Review…

Simple, powerful, convincing.

Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A thoughtful and moving film about war.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Lyrical and evocative, Prisoner of the Mountains represents a balanced and telling examination of the absurdity of war.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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