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The Lost Son -- Private investigator Xavier gets a new case from an old friend, whose brother-in-law has disappeared. Xavier must persuade his best friend Nathalie, a high-class call girl, to help him find the boss of a pedophile network.


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Release Date:
21 April 1999 (France) See more »
Certaines causes méritent de tout sacrifier. See more »
Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Shiva
Billy Smyth ... Boy No 6

Cal MacAninch ... Martin

Mark Benton ... Giant

Michael Liebmann ... Peter
Joe White ... Barman
Natalie Rogers ... Lombard's Wife
Charlotte Carew-Gibbs ... Lombard's Daughter
Gregory McFarnon ... Leon

Marsha Fitzalan ... Mrs. Carlton

Will Welch ... Lover
Ray MacAllan ... Paul

David Hayman ... Nathalie's Pimp
Christine Perez ... Nina
Júlio Garcia ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mem Ferda ... Pimp (as Mem Ferda)

Anneka Svenska ... Call Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Menges 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Leclere  writer
Margaret Leclere  writer
Mark Mills  writer

Produced by
Georges Benayoun .... executive producer
Paul Cowan .... line producer
Polly Duval .... assistant producer
Finola Dwyer .... producer
Marina Gefter .... co-producer
Judy Menges .... associate producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Goran Bregovic 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Pamela Power 
Casting by
Catherine Conklin  (as Cathy Conklin)
Simone Pereira Hind  (as Simone Ireland)
Vanessa Pereira 
Kathy Smith 
Production Design by
John Beard 
Art Direction by
Ray Chan 
Ricky Eyres 
Louise Marzaroli 
Set Decoration by
Niamh Coulter 
Costume Design by
Rosie Hackett 
Makeup Department
Roseann Samuel .... hair stylist
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer
Tina Sims .... hair stylist
Production Management
Eric Bassoff .... post-production manager
Chris Wheeldon .... production manager: UK
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Renfrew .... assistant director
Art Department
Adam Austin .... leadman
David Balfour .... property master
Helen Britten .... co-set decorator
Tony Chance .... storyboard artist
Kelvin Cook .... props
Bill Garber .... greensman
John M. Oswald .... draftsman
John M. Oswald .... on-set dresser
Lee Ross .... lead scenic
Anthony Szuch .... master drapes
Lynny Warner .... set dresser
John Wells .... chargehand dressing props
Mark Scruton .... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Chris Atkinson .... sound trainee
Christopher Atkinson .... sound assistant
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Anne Gould .... assistant dialogue editor (as Annie Gould)
Djordje Jankovic .... sound engineer
Nick Lowe .... dialogue editor
Predrag Milanovic .... sound engineer
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Ognjan Radivojevic .... sound engineer
Bjorn Ole Schroeder .... first assistant sound editor
Martin Trevis .... sound
Special Effects by
Bob Hollow .... special effects coordinator
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... digital artist
Simon Giles .... digital effects producer
Chris Petts .... digital effects animator
Peter Talbot .... effects film scanner
Matthew Twyford .... digital effects compositor
Marc Cass .... stunt performer
Ray De-Haan .... stunt performer (as Ray De Han)
Tom Delmar .... stunt coordinator
Terry James .... stunt coordinator: Tuscan unit (as Terrance James)
Mark Lisbon .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Devlin .... electrician
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Darin Meyer .... camera trainee: Tucson
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer
Miles Proudfoot .... clapper loader
Diego Quemada-Díez .... assistant camera (as Diego Quemada)
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanca Garcia .... costume supervisor
Tess Hammami .... costumer
Alex Carey .... costume breakdown artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Emily Grant .... assistant editor
Stephen Law .... post-production consultant
Nadia Naimi .... second assistant editor
Jamie Pearson .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Becky Jones .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Bob Last .... music consultant
Bjorn Ole Schroeder .... music editor
Transportation Department
J.D. Hicks .... wardrobe driver
Jason LaFountain .... driver
Other crew
Ryan Green .... runner
Sasha Harris .... assistant production coordinator
Jason Horwood .... stand-in
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Keith Mosca .... armorer
Pierre Mouline .... stand-in
Flore Rougier .... assistant to producer
Jonathan Rutter .... publicist
Rachel Quigley Smith .... assistant production accountant
Scott Stravitz .... set medic
Anthony Szuch .... master drapes
Philippa Wood .... assistant to executive producer
Steve Zielinski .... head of business affairs
Dionne Walker .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for scenes involving sexual exploitation of children, strong violence, language and some nudity
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

After 45 features in his native language, this is Daniel Auteuil's first English speaking role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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" Enter the dark world of danger invites your best friend. What can possibly happen? ", 29 April 2012
Author: thinker1691 from USA

This is a film called " The Lost Son. " It was interestingly directed by Chris Menges, and written by a trio of writer led by Eric Leclere. Although this story begins in London, it travels to several world locations. The hero of the movie is Xavier Lombard, (Daniel Auteuil) a soccer playing, chain smoking, Parisian Private Investigator, now living in London, England. He is visited by an old police friend named Carlos (Ciaran Hinds) who invites him to take an 'open and shut, missing person's case' primarily for the money. Lombard begins his search for the missing son, only to discover it involves a child prostitution ring, which put's his life in grave danger and reminds him of an unsolved case which took the life of his wife and daughter. The movie is a dark and sober reminder of the hidden world we live in and despite the exotic locations, serves to illustrate the unsavory elements which most of the world continues to ignore. Among the cast is Nastassja Kinski and Bruce Greenwood who is a surprising and interesting heavy. The movie is slow to develop, but with cinematic patience, one is treated to real gem and eventually a Classic for Greenwood. ****

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