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Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov (Sony Pictures)

Nikita Mikhalkov's 12 has 12 Russian jurors deciding the verdict of a Chechen youth accused of killing his stepfather. Technically a remake, the film follows the structure of 12 Angry Men, while adding flashbacks of the youth and a final twist that is eye-opening and unnerving. A great film, dedicated to character-rich portraits which illuminate the pressures, concerns and way of life in present-day Moscow, 12 begins with a quote: "Don't look here for the truth of everyday life, but try to feel the truth of being." 12 reveals the jurors' own truth of being and how, or if, it is embraced by others.

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