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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 Russians. Abdul-Murat demands ...

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JOHANS

Oct 11, 2011

Cinematography nicer than Scenario

This 1996 Russian features actor Oleg menchikov and director is Sergui Brobov. It does NOT live up to its hype at Cannes. However, it's campy and Scenario is slow-moving with little action. The views of the Caucasus are stunning though.

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