(out of 5)
Original title: Kavkazskiy Plennik
Russian soldiers enter the Caucausus mountains on what they think will be a routine raid but end up being ambushed by Islamic separatists. Two of them are taken prisoner and installed in the home of a Chechen bigwig until such time as he is able to negotiate with their superiors: his son is in a Russian prison, and he will return the soldiers in exchange for him. While enduring this captivity, the two men find themselves developing a surprising friendship, one that arises between two people who would never have anything in common otherwise, and learn plenty about their captors as well. It’s not a film that hits very deep, and its characters aren’t particularly interesting, but it takes you somewhere and the experience is memorable. Based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy.
Directed by Sergey Bodrov
Cinematography by Pavel Lebeshev
Music by Leonid Desyatnikov
Production Design by Valeri Kostrin
Costume Design by Vera Romanova