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The Lost Son (1999)

Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie, a high-class call girl. He gets a call from an old friend from the Paris ... See full summary »

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Chris Menges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Xavier Lombard
Nastassja Kinski ... Deborah Spitz
Katrin Cartlidge ... Emily
Marianne Denicourt ... Nathalie
Ciarán Hinds ... Carlos
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Spitz
Cyril Shaps ... Mr. Spitz
Bruce Greenwood ... Friedman
Jamie Harris ... Hopper
Hemal Pandya Hemal Pandya ... Shiva
Billy Smyth Billy Smyth ... Boy No 6
Cal MacAninch ... Martin
Mark Benton ... Giant
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann ... Peter
Joe White Joe White ... Barman
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Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie, a high-class call girl. He gets a call from an old friend from the Paris police department, now a businessman whose brother-in-law is missing. The missing man's parents hire Xavier over their daughter's objections, and quickly he finds himself in the realm of children's sexual slavery. He guesses that the lost son is dead and shifts his focus to finding and breaking this lucrative business of child trafficking. He involves a reluctant Nathalie to hunt "the Austrian," the shadowy head of the business. Violence erupts quickly, and Xavier soon has little more to lose. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Innocence isn't lost. It's taken See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes involving sexual exploitation of children, strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elveszett fiú See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After 45 features in his native language, this is Daniel Auteuil's first English speaking role. See more »

Goofs

Lombard picks up a Walther PPK pistol with the magazine removed. He cycles the slide and then inserts the magazine. Although it appears he was charging the weapon, all he has done is ensure the gun is not loaded (there may be rounds in the mag, but there is no round in the chamber). See more »

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Features Sleeping Beauty (1922) See more »

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Requiem
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Compelling if at times uncomfortable viewing
26 December 2001 | by mcdaidSee all my reviews

Daniel Auteil gives a commanding performance as a French private investigator working in London following self imposed exile from Paris following the murder of his family. Making ends meet through a combination of blackmail of those involved in extra marital affairs and fees from their partners, Auteil is a weary character with little joy or passion in life, with the exception of football, and his friendship with a fellow French exile, Nathalie a high class prostitute. However when he takes on a case looking for the missing son of a wealthy industrialist, he finds himself embroiled in the sordid world of the child sex trade. A gripping story with good performances all round, especially from Auteil, this film tackles a taboo subject in a sensitive yet realistic fashion. Auteil's unorthodox methods to secure information should fill an audience with revulsion, yet in this situation, they seem entirely appropriate. Excellent if at times uncomfortable viewing.


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