A woman who works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zukhra Duishvili ...
Lela Bagakashvili ...
Yuriy Tsurilo ...
Anton Dolgov ...
Mamuka Matchitidze ...
Hadji's Father
Rusudan Pareulidze ...
Hadji's Mother
Dmytro Tuboltsev ...
Soldier Under the Helicopter
Bjarne Henriksen ...
M. Bergson, European Deputy
Dmytro Rybalevskyi ...
Soldier with the Handgun
Nino Kobakhidze ...
Igor Lysiuk ...
Training Officer


A woman who works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

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Release Date:

26 November 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Search  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The film is a reiteration of the Oscar-winning post-Holocaust drama also called "The Search," directed by Fred Zinnemann, in which a compassionate westerner helps a lost child find what is left of his family amidst the chaotic flood of post-war civilian refugees. See more »


Remake of The Search (1948) See more »

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The movie about the forgotten people
10 August 2015 | by (Grozny, Chechen Republic) – See all my reviews

I'm Chechen and I've seen the war in my country. This story is only a simple story from a hundred of thousands other stories of Russian- Chechen wars.

As someone that have seen the war, it was very difficult for me to watch this movie, I'm a man and I was watching it with the tears in my eyes, it has reminded me all the horrible dark nights in my country.

I'm honestly thankful to Mr. Michel Hazanavicius. It's very obvious that he did not make this movie for money and success but because he thought that someone has to tell the truth.

You will see many people saying that this movie has a political goals, anti-Russia propaganda etc and etc, however truth is truth neither you like it or not. Those are mainly people who did not suffer even a 1% of pain that Chechen people did. at least 35% of Chechens were killed in last two wars, about 40.000 of them were children. They burned people alive, just simple example, google "Samashki massacre" and thats from the war in 1994. The Search is about the second war 1999 which was much worst than the previous war. The history of Chechnya and Russia is horrible, there been so many wars in last 400 years, the history is indeed horrible.

This movie shows a very little percent of what was really happening in Chechnya, however it tells the truth, It's very disappointing that now days not many people really wants to hear the truth, not much people do really care and that's what movie tells as well.

The genocide of Jewish people, the genocide of Chechen and all the other people genocides, those are not only problem of certain people/nation but the problem and the issue of the world and all the people.

This is a very honest and based on a true stories movie, this isn't a comedy and action for fun, this is a movie that made with heart for the people that still care.

--- Dear Michel Hazanavicius,

Thank you very much for this movie from all the Chechen people around the world, one day in Independent Chechen Republic you will be our most welcomed guest. We believe in it.

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