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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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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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
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Anachronisms: In some scenes in the streets of Paris, you can see a couple Renault Twingo parked by the sidewalk. This model was first introduced in 1993.See more »
Movie Connections:
References La femme publique (1984)See more »
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
way above Philadelphia, 22 October 2007
Author: (gsygsy) from london uk

A somewhat schematic script - you can almost see the boxes being ticked as each issue is dealt with - does not ultimately detract from a fine achievement. The story surrounds the succumbing to HIV-AIDS by a life-loving young man at the time when the world was taken by surprise by the ferocity of the hitherto-unknown virus. The various reactions - bewilderment, fear, panic, hatred, self-loathing, guilt, determination, courage, loss, grief and, of course, love - are all charted in the five central characters.

There can be little argument, I'd have thought, concerning the excellence of Michel Blanc's performance; nor of the puzzling awfulness of Lorenzo Balducci's - whyever was this Italian actor cast as an American who had been brought up in Australia?

Julie Depardieu's character is the least developed of the central quintet but nevertheless the actress manages, as ever, to make a fully-rounded contribution.

Emanuelle Beart's striking features and dynamic screen presence make it difficult to assess her as an actress. In the end she didn't convince me she was any kind of writer, but she was entirely convincing as a mother with ambivalence to her baby. The scene where her character talks to her own mother (the late Maia Simon, in a brief but noteworthy final performance) about the difficulties surrounding her own birth is one of the most tender in the film.

Johan Libéreau is touching as the doomed Manu, fleshing out what seems to me to be a somewhat idealised character - unreflective but sensitive, foolhardy yet vulnerable.

But the film ultimately belongs to Sami Bouajila as the policeman who finds himself in the most unexpected of relationships. It's by far the most complex role and also, perhaps for that very reason, the most believable. Bouajila embraces the contradictions, possibly realising, as Heath Ledger proved so memorably in Brokeback Mountain, that struggles with sexuality can produce compelling drama.

Les Temoins is well edited, photographed and, on the whole, well directed. The influence of Truffaut's Jules Et Jim is all-pervading, but it's none the worse for that. The film's biggest advantage is that it tackles its subject in an entirely unsentimental way: the same script made in Hollywood would undoubtedly turn into something unspeakably gooey - the memory of Philadelphia, with which it could all too easily be compared, makes me shudder. Les Temoins is way, way above that.

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