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The Lost Son (1999)

Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie, a high-class call girl. He gets a call from an old friend from the Paris ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Menges

Writers:

Eric Leclere (original story by), Margaret Leclere (original story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Lombard
Nastassja Kinski ... Deborah
Katrin Cartlidge ... Emily
Marianne Denicourt ... Nathalie
Ciarán Hinds ... Carlos
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Spitz
Cyril Shaps ... Mr. Spitz
Bruce Greenwood ... Friedman
Jamie Harris ... Hopper
Hemal Pandya Hemal Pandya ... Shiva
Billy Smyth Billy Smyth ... Boy No 6
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann ... Peter
Cal MacAninch ... Martin
Mark Benton ... Giant
Joe White Joe White ... Barman
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Storyline

Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie, a high-class call girl. He gets a call from an old friend from the Paris police department, now a businessman whose brother-in-law is missing. The missing man's parents hire Xavier over their daughter's objections, and quickly he finds himself in the realm of children's sexual slavery. He guesses that the lost son is dead and shifts his focus to finding and breaking this lucrative business of child trafficking. He involves a reluctant Nathalie to hunt "the Austrian," the shadowy head of the business. Violence erupts quickly, and Xavier soon has little more to lose. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes involving sexual exploitation of children, strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After 45 features in his native language, this is Daniel Auteuil's first English speaking role. See more »

Goofs

Lombard picks up a Walther PPK pistol with the magazine removed. He cycles the slide and then inserts the magazine. Although it appears he was charging the weapon, all he has done is ensure the gun is not loaded (there may be rounds in the mag, but there is no round in the chamber). See more »

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References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

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Requiem
Composed by Gabriel Fauré
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Only one reason to see this film...
22 September 2001 | by victor7754See all my reviews

To know that these type of child sex operations exist and should be put down. You have to look away at times because it is very effective in suggesting what is taking place. To make us aware of such acts has to be the only reason to make this film. Any other reason would be a foolish perverted act.

The film is not fun nor is it that good but it has some moments of suspense and we enjoy the bad guys getting what they deserve. The child urinating was a bit over the top. Auteuil wears a weary expression. His character is not that exciting but he grows on you somewhat. The rest of the actors seem awkward and once again Nastassja Kinski was wasted.

Films like this leave me feeling like the end is near for us all.


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Official Sites:

UIP

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elveszett fiú See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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