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Michel Hazanavicius' follow-up to The Artist falls flat at Cannes

Published on May 21, 2014 10:09 PM
 
French director Michel Hazanavicius smiles during a press conference for the film The Search at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France on May 21, 2014. Hazanavicius followed up his Oscar winner The Artist with a Chechen war drama, again starring his wife Berenice Bejo, which disappointed Cannes critics on Wednesday. May 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CANNES, France (AFP) - The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius followed up his Oscar winner with a Chechen war drama, again starring his wife Berenice Bejo, which disappointed Cannes critics on Wednesday.

The Search, a remake of a post-World War II classic by Fred Zinnemann, features Bejo as Carole, a human rights official for the European Union during the second Chechen conflict in 1999.

She grows increasingly exasperated by the indifference of her bosses in Brussels, spurred on by an American charity worker (Annette Bening), who tells her her reports are useless if they don't lead to Western intervention.

When Carole meets a nine-year-old Chechen boy struck silent when his parents are gunned down by Russian soldiers before his eyes, she sees a chance to at least make a difference on a smaller scale and takes him in.

 
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