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The Witnesses (2007)

Les témoins (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 March 2007 (France)
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

André Téchiné (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Laurent Guyot (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michel Blanc ... Adrien
Emmanuelle Béart ... Sarah
Sami Bouajila ... Mehdi
Julie Depardieu ... Julie
Johan Libéreau ... Manu
Constance Dollé Constance Dollé ... Sandra
Lorenzo Balducci ... Steve
Alain Cauchi Alain Cauchi ... Sheriff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barbas David Barbas ... Medhi's colleague
Xavier Beauvois ... L'éditeur
Satya Dusaugey Satya Dusaugey ... Le prostitué
Raphaëline Goupilleau Raphaëline Goupilleau ... La mère de Julie et Manu
Jacques Nolot ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Maïa Simon Maïa Simon ... La mère de Sarah
Bertrand Soulier Bertrand Soulier ... Doctor #1
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Storyline

June 1984 to June 1985, from happy days to war to summer's return. A middle-aged doctor in Paris, Adrien, meets Manu, a young gay man from the provinces who lives with his sister, an opera singer. Adrien likes Manu, loves him even, in a Platonic relationship. Sarah, a writer, and Mehdi, a vice-squad cop, have an infant. Sarah discovers she has no taste for parenthood. Adrien bring Manu to Sarah's country cabin where Mehdi saves Manu from drowning. Back in Paris, an affair begins as a plague descends on Parisian gays. There are tests, illness, anger, relief, separations, and death. A year later, these friends meet again at the summer place. They are witnesses to how happiness has changed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los testigos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800, 3 February 2008

Gross USA:

$78,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,041,093
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

In one of the first sequence you can see slightly blurred in the background the logo LCL (yellow letters on a blue background) of the Crédit Lyonnais bank. The LCL name/logo was only introduced around 2005 and there did not exist yet in 1984. See more »

Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Di due rai languir costante
(from opera "Foà")
Performed by Cecilia Bartoli and Il Giardino Armonico
Conducted by Giovanni Antonini (as Antoino GIOVANNI)
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as A. Vivaldi)
© DP
(p) 1999 DECCA Records Company Ltd (Universal Classics)
Avec l'aimable autorisation de UNIVERSAL MUSIC PROJETS SPECIAUX
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Sexy. Sad. True. Perfect.
5 August 2008 | by olearytkoSee all my reviews

This script is perfection. The directing is awesome. The actors are---every single one---sexy. The plot is surprising. The climax is heartbreaking. The depth of these stories is revelatory. The dialogue is witty. The characters are cherishable. The editing is astonishing. In summation, this brilliant film is revealing, true, brutal, funny. Sexy are the actors. Sad is the plot. True is the reflection of these lives in these times. Sexy are the actors. Sad is the story. True is the movie. Perfection is the movie. Bravo to all.

I don't get this minimum of 1,000 words. I loved this movie. I will say it again and again.

And it's sexy.


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