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12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager charged with murdering his stepfather.

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A loose remake of 12 Angry Men (1957), set in a Russian school. 12 jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager who allegedly killed his Russian stepfather who took the teenager to live with him in Moscow during the Chechen War in which teenager lost his parents. The jurors: a racist taxi-driver, a suspicious doctor, a vacillating TV producer, a Holocaust survivor, a flamboyant musician, a cemetery manager, and others represent the fragmented society of modern day Russia. A stray bird (a touch of New Age cinema) is flying above the jurors' heads, alluding to tolerance. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Rated PG-13 for violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking | See all certifications »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,042 (USA) (6 March 2009)

Gross:

$125,024 (USA) (19 June 2009)
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Nominated for Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Deserves a 12 instead of a 10!
14 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though, it's a loosely based version of the play, 12 Angry Men. The film is about 12 Russian male jurors who decide the fate of a Chechyen orphan who is accused of killing his stepfather, a Russian soldier and officer. Anyway, the film is done quite well with a fantastic cast of actors who each take a turn in defending their guilty to not guilty decision on the basis of the boy. Each actor takes a dramatic turn and we learn about their reasoning and rationale for their decision. It's a fascinating portrait and study of the Russian judicial system and an event such as the Chechyen War conflict which I don't know much about except from the film that it's bloody, dangerous, and unforgiving hell. The boy and the jurors aren't given names but each possess great performances in dramatic film. This Russian film is terrific and was nominated for the Academy Award for foreign language film. I wonder who it lost too because it's a great film and worth watching.


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