Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)

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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Caravan Pictures

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Dzhemal Sikharulidze
as Abdoul-Mourat
Valentina Fedotova
as The Mother
Alexei Zharkov
as Russian Captain
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Critic Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Simple, powerful, convincing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Bodrov's movie turns this barren no man's land into an extraordinary stage.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

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.

Douglas Edward Christie
Douglas Edward Christie

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

Super Reviewer

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.

Super Reviewer

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