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

 -  Drama  -  7 March 2007 (France)
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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
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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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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Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 The Public Woman (1984) 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
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music France
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Sensitive and Gripping
25 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My experience of films with a male gay theme is very limited having only seen Hollywood's most recent output before Les Temoins. It is a film that I found both refreshing and pleasantly surprising in the way in which it approaches and represents a physical gay relationship. Sex is shown to be sensitive and loving. It shows such a versatile tenderness from both parties and Sami Bouajila's performance as the character of Mehdi evokes such genuine feelings that I was moved to tears. In addition to this, I found Les Temoins an extremely beautiful film to watch visually, its very blue and yellow colour-scape providing a serene backdrop for the action. For someone looking for a much gentler yet highly gripping tale of gay love this is a film I would highly recommend.


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