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The Lost Son (1999)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Lombard
Marianne Denicourt ...
Mrs. Spitz
Cyril Shaps ...
Mr. Spitz
Hemal Pandya ...
Billy Smyth ...
Boy No 6
Joe White ...


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 <>

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

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

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21 April 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Az elveszett fiú  »

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


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 »


References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »


Composed by Gabriel Fauré
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Excellent detective story with an unpleasant subject matter
28 November 1999 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Daniel Auteil is perfectly cast for this role as a sleazy detective trying to escape a tragic past. Sure there are some cliche elements in the story but hey, isn't that why we come to see this sort of movie? The subject matter is grim and I was left wondering about the still-gorgeous Natassia Kinski's role in the story. I felt her character never really went anywhere. The twist at the end was really fairly predictable but nevertheless at its best this movie reminded me of Chinatown.

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