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.
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You like the house, don't you?
I hate this house. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. And I will never live in this house, and neither will Alex.
Aw, come on!
We are leaving tomorrow.
[slams his hand on the table]
Now you listen to me. I bought this fucking house for you. If you ever want to see another penny from me, then you're going to fucking live here and we are gonna be a fucking family, and that's an order.
[after Oleg leaves the room]
Over my dead body.
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This movie came very close to being a good flick. The direction needs to be a bit smoother to progress from one piece to the next to make it more plausible. In particular: The main character's need to escape is not explicit enough. Is he trying to kill himself? Is he trying to escape? His life does not seem to be that bad, so it makes it more difficult to swallow that he wants to leave his life so much. Also, it is not very clear how much "in love" he has fallen with Jennifer Jason L. If the movie was reworked with some more attention to these details, it would have been Great. On the other hand, for an indy flick, it's pretty good! Maybe if you have a couple of drinks, to dull the logical thinking, it would be more fun...
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