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The Search (2014)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carole
... Helen
... Kolia
... Hadji
Zukhra Duishvili ... Raïssa
Lela Bagakashvili ... Elina
... The Colonel
Anton Dolgov ... 'Pocket'
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 ... Ana
Igor Lysiuk ... Training Officer
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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Haznavicious comes to terms with history
8 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I totally disagree with "madamebaterflaj" - although this isn't the "best film ever" (and how could it be, depicting the horror of war), it is not bad at all. Yes, it is anti-Russian, but don't you remember how the story went? It's like saying "Schindler's List is black-and-white anti-German propaganda".... It is an European point of view, of course, so even if there is a sort of happy end, the focus of the story are not the emotions of the characters, not even the characters maybe, but History and how we all are involved. The boy actor is simply terrific, some times he looks like an old guy, a grown up man, and then again he shows he's just a little boy. Beautiful photography. Beautiful soundtrack. Might be a bit too long but not that much.


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