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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 »

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Chris Menges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Xavier Lombard
Nastassja Kinski ... Deborah Spitz
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
Cal MacAninch ... Martin
Mark Benton ... Giant
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann ... Peter
Joe White Joe White ... Barman
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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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Innocence isn't lost. It's taken See more »


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

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UK | France | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

21 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elveszett fiú See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

Connections

References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

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100% Pure Love
Written by Teddy Douglas, Jay Steinhour, Tommy Davis, Crystal Waters
Performed by Crystal Waters
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Not as bad as I thought it was going to be
28 November 1999 | by timelord-3See all my reviews

Firstly, I quite enjoyed The Lost Son. I have never seen any of the films that Daniel Auteuil had been in before, so I did not go in with any preconceptions.

He was pretty good, despite his English being a bit hard to understand on occasion. It was nice to have a mix between his English and his native French when he spoke to friends from his homeland.

The story itself is a bit convoluted, but that really doesnt matter. It changes focus half way through and really is not about finding "The Lost Son", but really about his own personal revenge against the vile people who deal in the child sex industry.

I enjoyed the music by Goran Bregovic a lot, and am going to track down more of his work.

A solid 8 out of 10.


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