Child 44

Synopsis: Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Daniel Espinosa
Production: Summit Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min

Your father?


What's your name?

I don't want it anymore.

I'll give you a new one.

Leo. Like a lion.

Vasili, fire your weapon!


Fall back! Vasili, get down!

Get down! Shoot back!

Alexei, cover me!

Vasili, fire your weapon!

Vasili! Hey, Vasili!

You can come up the stairs now. It's safe.

Don't be coward. No one will shoot you.

Alexei, just leave him alone.

- Give him the flag.

- Me?

You. You, too. Come with me.

- Me?

- Yeah.

Leo, make us proud.

I will, sir.

Okay. Get up there. On the spire.

Now let's show the people

how Berlin has fallen to the Red Army.

- Lose the goddamn watches.

- What?

Take them off. Stolen watches.

They can't be seen.

- Hey, Leo!

- What?

The Admiral, he don't like my watches.

You take this.

- He doesn't like watches?

- No. He doesn't like German watches.

- Grab the flag and get up there.

- Yeah, come up here. You take the flag.

- Okay, wait, wait.

- Take the flag.

Catch a big wind,

so we can see our flag.

- Good, that's right.

- Like this?

Yeah, great.

One more.

- You're sure?

- Yeah.

Do you remember when we first met?

Raisa, remember when we first met?

You thought that I was rude.

- You were rude.

- I was not rude.

- You were staring at me.

- I was...

I was mesmerized.

I was mesmerized by your beauty.

Even had to get off at the wrong

Metro station just to ask you your name.

- I lied.

- She did.

She told me her name was Lena.

- Yes. I didn't know you then.

- So you still lied.

I turn up at the park

to see my beautiful Lena.

- No Lena.

- It was raining.

- It was raining for a week.

- It was raining.


But then I found you somehow.

15 a.m. Same train platform

that I met you before.

Then I asked you... well, I convinced you

to walk with me that day.

And when we got to the school gate,

I held your hands, and I looked

into your eyes, and I said to you,

"Lena... Lena, Lena, Lena, Lena,

"Lena, Lena, Lena,

"I am so ready to kiss you right now."

And do you know what Lena told me?

"Comrade Demidov, my name is Raisa."

Who's Raisa? So now I have

to go back to work,

and tell all my friends

that I'm in love with Raisa.

This beautiful Raisa.

My friends, they all laugh at me.

You were the worst, I remember.

Laughed at me because they say,

"Last week, we in love with Lena,

this week, it's Raisa..."

Next week, maybe Natasha. Who knows?

With Leo it's always someone new.

No, there will never be somebody new.

There will only be you.

All those stories are over for me now.

There is only you.

There will always only be you.

Always you.

This is the veterinarian's place.

Stinking zoo for a stinking traitor.

Is he gone?

- You can't say I didn't tell you, boss.

- Collect the evidence for me, please.

And you have no idea whatsoever

where Anatoly Brodsky might be?


All I can tell you, he was...


- Is.

- Is?

He is a good neighbor.

I respect and admire you trying

to protect him, but...

you see, for me it's different,

because we are here

in your home because

your friend, companion,

he is a traitor, Zina.

You understand?

And traitors have friends.

And these "friends,"

they are not our friends.

Do I have to spell this out for you?


now is the time to say...



Mama! Mama!

No shooting.

- Mama.

- Don't move.

- Semyon Okun?

- Yes.

There is no one else in here.

Anatoly Brodsky, do you know him?

- Yes, I know Brodsky.

- Right. Do you know where he is?

- Brodsky? In Moscow, I think.

- No, he's not in Moscow.

But we have information that tells us

that he's staying here with you.

- No.

- Oh, it's...

Wait, you said something.

Yes, you did. You did.

You said something.

- No.

- What did you say?

Yuri, Nikolai, spread out!



Don't f*** with me.

Put your hands where I can see them.

- Come on. Get it over with.

- Put your hands on your head.

- Don't be stupid.

- Shoot me.

- Put your hands on your head.

- Come on, shoot me!

Kill me! Kill me!

Come on, kill me!


Kill me!

Alexei! Alexei!

I got this.

He's f***ing crazy.

Please, I ask you.

I beg you. Don't do this.

Please, don't kill my family,

my children.

These are the future of Russia.

Please! No, please, I beg you!

What is he doing?

Please, no, don't hurt her.

I ask you, please!

- No! No!

- Please! I ask you, please!



Hey! Vasili!

What the f*** are you doing?

Making... making an example.

- You're doing what?

- Making example.

- Making example of what?

- These people are traitors.

Maybe now they can grow up

and learn a lesson from all this.

- What did you f***ing say?

- They can learn a lesson from this.

Learn something from you, little sh*t?

What are they gonna

f***ing learn from you?

You f***ing coward!

Children! F***ing children!

- What's your f***ing answer?

- Leo.

I want men!



Get him out of here, because I will

f***ing kill him. Do you understand me?

Move him now.

Get these children out of here.

What is wrong with you people?



Take care of this.

Do you have any relatives

that live nearby?

Have you tried that with a kopeck?

It's best with a kopeck.

Let me show you, okay? Not here.

Little further down the line

would be better.

- What's your name?

- Jora.

You can save yourself...

a lot of pain...

and unnecessary suffering

if you talk to me.


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Richard Price

Richard Price (23 February 1723 – 19 April 1791) was a British moral philosopher, nonconformist preacher and mathematician. He was also a political pamphleteer, active in radical, republican, and liberal causes such as the American Revolution. He was well-connected and fostered communication between a large number of people, including several of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Price spent most of his adult life as minister of Newington Green Unitarian Church, on the outskirts of London. He also wrote on issues of demography and finance, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society. more…

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