The Checkpoint

Directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin.
Russia, 1998. 90 min

Due to a tragic mishap, a group of young Russian soldiers is exiled to a remote outpost in the skirmish-ridden Caucasus, where they spend time drinking, doing drugs, and enjoying sexual favors of a local girl. The shockingly simple style of this film, which avoids both the classic Hero and the moralizing message, underscores the absurdity of the "war mission."

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