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The Search (2014)

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A French woman who works for a non-governmental organization forms a special relationship with a lost young boy in war-torn Chechnya in 1999.

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Michel Hazanavicius (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bérénice Bejo ... Carole
Annette Bening ... Helen
Maksim Emelyanov ... Kolia
Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev ... Hadji
Zukhra Duishvili Zukhra Duishvili ... Raïssa
Lela Bagakashvili Lela Bagakashvili ... Elina
Yuriy Tsurilo ... The Colonel
Anton Dolgov Anton Dolgov ... 'Pocket'
Mamuka Matchitidze Mamuka Matchitidze ... Hadji's Father
Rusudan Pareulidze Rusudan Pareulidze ... Hadji's Mother
Dmytro Tuboltsev Dmytro Tuboltsev ... Soldier Under the Helicopter
Bjarne Henriksen ... M. Bergson, European Deputy
Dmytro Rybalevskyi Dmytro Rybalevskyi ... Soldier with the Handgun
Nino Kobakhidze Nino Kobakhidze ... Ana
Igor Lysiuk Igor Lysiuk ... Training Officer
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Storyline

The three children of Chechnyan family are separated by the Russian invasion in 1999. The middle child, 9 year old Hadji, believing his older sister Raissa is dead along with his parents finds a place to leave his baby brother and gets swept up in the migration of survivors away from the war front. The refugees cross out of Chechnya into the town of Nazran in the Republic of Inguishetia in the Russian Federation where Hadji is left at a refugee center. Hadji is befriended by a young Frenchwoman Carole who is documenting the events for the Human Rights Committee of the European Union. Hadji is not speaking at all and Carole doesn't speak Chechnian but Carole provides for Hadji and develops a supportive relationship with him until she can find out his story and what to do with him. Raissa follows Hadji's journey to try to reunite with her two brothers. A second story-line follows a 19 year old Russian student Kolia who gets arrested with marijuana and sent into the army to avoid jail. ... Written by Prairiekid

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Drama | War

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The film is a reiteration of the Oscar-winning post-Holocaust drama, The Search (1948), 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 »

Alternate Versions

Because of mixed reviews at the showing at the 2014 Cannes Festival, mostly criticizing the length of the movie, the director removed 20 minutes from that cut for the theatrical release. See more »

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Remake of The Search (1948) See more »

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Haven't seen a worse film in ages
7 March 2015 | by madambaterflajSee all my reviews

I don't even know where to begin on how awful this film is. The anti-Russian black and white propaganda aside (no Russian person is depicted in any other way than as a junky, aggressive, delusional, blood-thirsty lunatic), the plot is so full of illogical behaviour of the characters; no deeper development of the characters is done despite the length which is a mere product of poor directing by a person who doesn't know when to say CUT, nor how to instruct the actors to give a little bit more flesh to the bone. What a waste of the funds and trust gained after the "Artist" (although I must admit, I didn't like it either, but it had at least some substance; it was too long as well, I might add). So unnecessarily long. What a mistake of a film. What an obvious and childish propaganda. I guess Hazanavicius was just extremely lucky with the "Artist". Here he showed what a dilettante he actually is. Shame.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Georgia

Language:

French | English | Russian | Chechen

Release Date:

26 November 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Search See more »

Filming Locations:

Tbilisi, Georgia See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,957
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1.85 : 1
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