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The Lost Son -- Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; He soon gets a call from an old friend whose brother-in-law is missing.
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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Complex and sometimes slow, but intriguing, and Daniel Auteuil is good! See more (31 total) »


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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
Chris Wheeldon .... production manager: UK
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Renfrew .... assistant director
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Helen Britten .... co-set decorator
Tony Chance .... storyboard artist
Kelvin Cook .... props
Bill Garber .... greensman
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
Annie Gould .... assistant dialogue editor
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
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
Becky Jones .... assistant location manager
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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References Peeping Tom (1960)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Complex and sometimes slow, but intriguing, and Daniel Auteuil is good!, 3 March 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

The Lost Son (1999)

All the elements are here for a classic noir-inspired investigation movie where no one is to be trusted and our leading man is a likable, steady, world weary paradigm. If you are familiar with "The Big Sleep" with Bogart and crew, you might actually get a sense of what this movie is trying to do. Not only does the plot begin in a similar way, with a rich family saying one of their members (the son) is missing and with the daughter being a steamy and somewhat unreliable secondary force (played by Nastassja Kinski), but then the rest of the movie proceeds to get increasingly confusing.

In "The Big Sleep" this is almost a positive thing, making it fast, visual, and experiential (meaning you get sucked into the world and can't stop looking and trying to keep up). Here, in "The Lost Son," it isn't what anyone would call fast, which hurts it because the complexity builds and the suspicions fester with lots of lulls, either whole short scenes that don't seem quite necessary or with an editing that makes every little cut one or two seconds too long. Which adds up to a kind of pace some people might like, a loitering and inhabiting this strange little nether world the movie creates. But for me it just made me fuzz out a little.

The leading detective, Xavier Lombard, is played by the really compelling French actor, Daniel Auteuil. He carries the movie even through it's pauses. Besides Kinski, whose role is small (and thankfully, really--she doesn't really "act" so much as say her lines), there is a second male lead, the Irish actor Ciaran Hinds, who is quite good. (He had a terrific role in the peculiar and enjoyable "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.") And the filming is rather nice, with a huge range of scenes and moods, held together not only by the camera-work, but the solid directing by Chris Menges.

There will be an odd feel to this film for some American viewers, because it's an increasingly common hybrid of French and British filmmaking--language, crew, cast, and locations all spread out from one side of the Channel to the other. It's nicely European, but less of that familiar "British" film that many people know (or know without knowing they know it, looking vaguely like Hollywood). In short, this has a slightly fresh look. It does not however feel as new or odd or wonderful as some of the detective crime films coming out of, say, Scandinavia, among the European types.

This matters only in that half of the film is its atmosphere. The plot and some of the core acting could use a bolstering and maybe even a sense of necessity at times (the movie just keeps going through its attractive paces), but in all, it might even be a film you'd enjoy more the second time. Which says a lot.

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