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The Witnesses -- Four friends are confronted with the end of the sexual revolution at the onset of a new, unnamed epidemic.


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André Téchiné (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) and
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Release Date:
7 March 2007 (France) See more »
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michel Blanc ... Adrien

Emmanuelle Béart ... Sarah

Sami Bouajila ... Mehdi

Julie Depardieu ... Julie
Johan Libéreau ... Manu
Constance Dollé ... Sandra

Lorenzo Balducci ... Steve
Alain Cauchi ... Sheriff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barbas ... Medhi's colleague

Xavier Beauvois ... L'éditeur
Raphaëline Goupilleau ... La mère de Julie et Manu

Jacques Nolot ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Maïa Simon ... La mère de Sarah
Bertrand Soulier ... Doctor #1
François Mitterrand ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michèle Moretti ... (uncredited)

Directed by
André Téchiné 
Writing credits
André Téchiné (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) and
Laurent Guyot (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) and
Viviane Zingg (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Michel Canesi (idea) and
Jamil Rahmani (idea)

Produced by
Saïd Ben Saïd .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Julien Hirsch 
Film Editing by
Martine Giordano 
Production Design by
Michèle Abbé-Vannier  (as Michèle Abbé)
Costume Design by
Khadija Zeggaï 
Makeup Department
Laurence Boulet .... hair stylist
Dominique Colladant .... key makeup artist
Cédric Gérard .... key makeup artist
Frédéric Souquet .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Albert Blasius .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor
Etienne Grandon .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Jouan .... assistant unit manager
Mélanie Pienne .... unit manager trainee
Eric Vedrine .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Fischer .... second assistant director
Michel Nasri .... first assistant director
Maëva Poli .... trainee assistant director
Cyprien Vial .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Pascal Martin .... property master
Mylene Riccardi .... set designer
Catherine Werner Schmit .... set decorator (as Catherine Werner-Schmidt)
Sound Department
Boris Chapelle .... assistant sound editor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Albertine Lastera .... dialogue editor
Florent Lavallée .... foley recordist
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Francis Wargnier .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Thomas Duval .... visual effects supervisor
Aurélie Laumont .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Abelé .... electrician
Jean-Christophe Beauvallet .... first assistant camera
Edwin Broyer .... grip
Christophe Duroyaume .... gaffer
Luc Roux .... still photographer
Fabien Veillas .... grip
Lou Vernin .... second assistant camera (as Lou Vernen)
Casting Department
Jacques Grant .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Tong .... costumer
Editorial Department
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Emmanuelle Joly .... assistant editor
Marie-Julie Maille .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marie-Hélène Astruc .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Laurent Balandras .... music supervisor
Sylvie Brochard .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Isabelle Chabrier .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Aline Corbière .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Christophe Dacharry .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Anne-Sophie Domergue .... vocal coach
Il Giardino Armonico .... musician
Manon Grandjean .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Emmanuel Kirklar .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Christel Marion .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Anne Mercier .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Christian Parmentier .... musician: Les musician de l'orchestre du Duodijon
Franck Quinfoleau .... music recording engineer
Daniela Romano .... music supervisor
Other crew
David Barbas .... technical advisor
Laure Darie .... production secretary
Charles Sire .... assistant script
Claudine Taulère .... script supervisor
Anne Boissard .... thanks
Olivier Chiavassa .... thanks
Chantal Fischer .... thanks
Jean-Robert Gibard .... thanks
Jamal Hadir .... thanks
Michèle Moretti .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les témoins" - France (original title)
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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Anachronisms: In one of the first sequence you can see slightly blurred in the background the logo LCL (yellow letters on a blue background) of the Crédit Lyonnais bank. The LCL name/logo was only introduced around 2005 and there did not exist yet in 1984.See more »
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References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
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19 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Casting agents in effect, 25 August 2007
Author: vitachiel

Overall, this movie was OK. The male lead actors all were very good and believable in their parts. The homosexuality was presented in a natural, matter-of-fact manner, instead of pedantic or problematic. The way the start of the aids era was captured was disturbing, but it seemed very realistic. There were some things in this movie that annoyed me however. First of all, the female characters. Depardieu is your typical withdrawn, a-sexual, artistic, female French cinema archetype. I can live with that though. Far more irritating was the presence of Beart, who was totally miscast. What is a blown-up plastic Barbie doll doing in a movie that is situated in the early eighties, when plastic surgery was not even properly born yet?? Her acting is (partly due to her renovated face) very flat and expressionless and it would have been better if she had been altogether left out. An other revealing mistake is the American guy/gay, who shows up in the last part of the movie; quite confusing when a character who is so proud of his multi-lingual talents has such a strong foreign accent when he speaks his mother tongue...

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