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The Witnesses (2007)
"Les témoins" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  7 March 2007 (France)
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Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.



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Credited cast:
Michel Blanc ...
Johan Libéreau ...
Constance Dollé ...
Alain Cauchi ...
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David Barbas ...
Medhi's colleague
Raphaëline Goupilleau ...
La mère de Julie et Manu
Le patron de l'hôtel
Maïa Simon ...
La mère de Sarah
Bertrand Soulier ...
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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 <>

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7 March 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Los testigos  »

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


$77,300 (USA) (16 May 2008)

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In several scenes, Paris métro signs (at tabacs and on buses) sport the green logo that wasn't introduced until 1992. In 1984/85, the tickets and logo should have been yellow. See more »


References The Trouble with Harry (1955) See more »


L'air de Barberine des Noces de Figaro (Cavatine: L'ho perduta, me meschina)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Conducted by Dominique Trottein
Performed by Anne-Sophie Domergue with Les musiciens de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Recording engineer: Franck Guinfoleau
Recorded at Auditorium de Dijon (March 2006)
avec l'aimable autorisation de Monsieur le Maire, François Rebsamen
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Ash sea
31 December 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

As an ash sea. Love and errors, ivory towers and theoretically escapes. Social chains and sandy expectations. A young man - axis of small society. A sentimental adventure, the sick and the good ways. A french novel about values and sentimental windows. Scarfs of past and future as Persian carpet. Emmanuelle Beart in skin of reed-character. A film about AIDS and decisions. About search of life sense and answers behind the words. Death as scrub. And the sound of things who makes measure of feelings. Fresco of a world, it is interesting for the art of director and for interesting cast. And, more that, for the final taste. For the traces of its parts - mirrors in fact.

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