Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two men must turn to one of their enemies in order to survive in this war drama from director Alexei Uchital. Rubakha (Viacheslav Grekunov) and Vovka (Petr Logachev) are a pair of Russian soldiers whose outfit is making its way through enemy territory in Chechnya. When their company is ambushed, Rubakha and Vovka are among the only survivors of the bloody battle, and they narrowly escape, eventually being taken in by another platoon camped in the woods. While on maneuvers with their new comrades, Rubakha captures a prisoner of war, a handsome Chechen G.I. named Djamal (Irakli Mtskhalaya). As Rubakha and Vovka become integrated with their new outfit, they make the disturbing discovery that their commanders are wildly corrupt, selling surplus weapons to the Chechen army. Disgusted, Rubakha and Vovka decide to desert, but not knowing the lay of the land, they force Djamal to accompany them and serve as their guide as they make their way back to Russia. Plenni (aka Captive) was an official selection at the 2008 Sochi Open Russian Film Festival.
army, soldier, woods [place]