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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 ...
Doctor #1


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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Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Los testigos  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


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

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In a hospital scene towards the end of the film, the pillow behind the actor's head reads "HOPITAUX DE PARIS 2006" on the design in numerous places, though the film was supposed to be shot in the 80s. See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Restez avec moi
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Lyrics by Catherine Ringer
Music by Fred Chichin (as Frédéric Chichin)
© EMI Virgin Music Publishing France / Six SARL
(p) 1984 Virgin Music, une division de EMI Music France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music France
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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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