Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.
June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »
During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.
...and still, I really enjoyed it. The story was great as were the visuals. But the script was poorly written... I had the impression that I was watching a student film from the Prague Film School... understandable, because it was written in English by a non-native speaker, and had the same effect... very minimalist dialogue... which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it didn't ring true to me. And the acting was some of the worst I have ever witnessed. The main character, the girl, was extremely wooden in her delivery. It felt like she was sight-reading the script. The guy who played the bear was much better.. maybe because, as a bear, he was naturally more reserved. Only some of the very peripheral characters (like the circus ringmaster) were believable. Yet, in spite of all this, the movie really held my attention, and I really liked it. The ending was satisfactory. If I were a 12 or 13 year old girl, I think this would be one of my all time favorite movies, so it really is worth a see.
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