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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
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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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(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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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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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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