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The Witnesses (2007)

Les témoins (original title)
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

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Credited cast:
Michel Blanc ...
Adrien
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Sarah
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Mehdi
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Julie
Johan Libéreau ...
Manu
Constance Dollé ...
Sandra
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Steve
Alain Cauchi ...
Sheriff
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David Barbas ...
Medhi's colleague
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L'éditeur
Raphaëline Goupilleau ...
La mère de Julie et Manu
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Le patron de l'hôtel
Maïa Simon ...
La mère de Sarah
Bertrand Soulier ...
Doctor #1
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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>

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$14,800 (USA) (1 February 2008)

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$77,300 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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(At around 20 min.) In Manu's trailer, Adrien has a glass that seems to be half full of red wine, with the bottle apparently about 1/3 full of red wine next to him. When he pours himself a refill, what comes out is clearly water. See more »

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References The Trouble with Harry (1955) See more »

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Marcia Baila
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Lyrics by Catherine Ringer
Music by Fred Chichin
© EMI Virgin Music Publishing France / Six SARL
Avec l'autorisation de EMI VIRGIN MUSI PUBLISHING FRANCE & de SIX SARL
(p) (Album BESTOV (p) 2001 Capitol Music, une division d'EMI Music France)
1984 Virgin Music, une division de EMI Music France
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Pushed some buttons for me
29 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I agree with some of these comments. By 1984 I thought we were more familiar with AIDS...maybe 82 is the year this should be set. My main gripe was the unconvincing make up Manu wears, and the way he doesn't lose weight. What was so shocking and devastating for those of us growing up with the onset of AIDS was running into people who were gorgeous, fit young and beautiful. Next time you saw them their faces were blemished, their bodies wasted, emaciated, skeletal like. I recall bareley recognising a young lad who'd once been a fixture on the scene. So the scenes where Manu is nursed through the terminal stages were less than convincing and left me somewhat unmoved. Otherwise its worth seeing and its sex positive, uplifting, life affirming attitude is a welcome riposte to Hollywoods schlocky treatment of the subject.


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