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      The Search

      2014 2 hr. 29 min. Drama War List
      20% 20 Reviews Tomatometer 53% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A 9-year-old orphan (Abdul Khalim Mamatsuiev) and a Russian soldier (Maxim Emelianov) encounter the horrors of war. Read More Read Less
      The Search

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      Though well-intentioned, The Search has the timbre of a soporific lecture on the horrors of the Second Chechen War and is delivered with the subtlety of an RPG.

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      vykintas g Great movie. Really sad it was so underrated. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Stunning movie not for the faint of heart. Someone plodding yet engaging and like any good European movie It develops slowly.... yet Once you're in you're hooked. This is the collateral damage of War on the soul of humanity. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member I agree the film may be biased against the Russians, but isn't that the way the West treats the Russians all along? Great performance from the little kid. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Thought it would be boring. Despite melodramatic, it's kinda effective. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The Search captures the brutality and horrors of war while succumbing to heavy handed storytelling that amounts to an exhaustive, dreary film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member No es el mejor trabajo de Michel Hazanavicius. Llena de facilismos, y un drama sin profundidad plagado de clichés, este trabajo merece quedarse guardado en el cajón del olvido. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Liam Lacey Globe and Mail The French director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, The Artist, is everything The Artist was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed. Rated: 2/4 Mar 12, 2015 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star Young Hadji's silence gives The Search what lasting power it possesses. Rated: 2/4 Mar 12, 2015 Full Review Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto After winning the Oscar for his glorified trinket The Artist, Hazanavicius throws a spotlight on human rights horrors. His well-intentioned children-in-peril story, set during the second Chechen war, is periodically moving but unwieldy and heavy-handed. Rated: 2/5 Mar 12, 2015 Full Review Diego Batlle The film has a clear political and conscientious bent, but it does it in such a clumsy, obvious, didactic, boring and manipulative way that the artistic result is disappointing... [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 1.5/5 Jun 22, 2023 Full Review Nicholas Bell The Search is an ungainly dose of good intentions that undercooks and over bakes. Rated: 2.5/5 Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Blake Williams Cinema Scope The Search is what happens when winning awards supersedes making cinema. Nov 18, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A 9-year-old orphan (Abdul Khalim Mamatsuiev) and a Russian soldier (Maxim Emelianov) encounter the horrors of war.
      Michel Hazanavicius
      Executive Producer
      Daniel Delume, Christopher Woodrow, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson
      Michel Hazanavicius
      Production Co
      Search Production, Orange Studio, La Petite Reine, France 3 Cinéma, Sarke Studio, La Classe Américaine, Wild Bunch
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      French (France)