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

 -  Drama  -  7 March 2007 (France)
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Cast

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
Lorenzo Balducci ...
Steve
Alain Cauchi ...
Sheriff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Les témoins  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Don't Forget the Nite
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)
1982 Virgin Music, une division de EMI Music France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music France
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Sexy. Sad. True. Perfect.
5 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This script is perfection. The directing is awesome. The actors are---every single one---sexy. The plot is surprising. The climax is heartbreaking. The depth of these stories is revelatory. The dialogue is witty. The characters are cherishable. The editing is astonishing. In summation, this brilliant film is revealing, true, brutal, funny. Sexy are the actors. Sad is the plot. True is the reflection of these lives in these times. Sexy are the actors. Sad is the story. True is the movie. Perfection is the movie. Bravo to all.

I don't get this minimum of 1,000 words. I loved this movie. I will say it again and again.

And it's sexy.


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