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The Witnesses (2007)

Les témoins (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 March 2007 (France)
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

Director:

André Téchiné

Writers:

André Téchiné (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Laurent Guyot (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michel Blanc ... Adrien
Emmanuelle Béart ... Sarah
Sami Bouajila ... Mehdi
Julie Depardieu ... Julie
Johan Libéreau ... Manu
Constance Dollé Constance Dollé ... Sandra
Lorenzo Balducci ... Steve
Alain Cauchi Alain Cauchi ... Sheriff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barbas David Barbas ... Medhi's colleague
Xavier Beauvois ... L'éditeur
Satya Dusaugey Satya Dusaugey ... Le prostitué
Raphaëline Goupilleau Raphaëline Goupilleau ... La mère de Julie et Manu
Jacques Nolot ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Maïa Simon Maïa Simon ... La mère de Sarah
Bertrand Soulier Bertrand Soulier ... Doctor #1
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

7 March 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los testigos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800, 3 February 2008

Gross USA:

$78,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,041,093
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In a hospital scene towards the end of the film, the pillow behind the actor's head reads "HOPITAUX DE PARIS 2006" on the design in numerous places, though the film was supposed to be shot in the 80s. See more »

Connections

References La femme publique (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Forget the Nite
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Lyrics by Catherine Ringer
Music by Fred Chichin
© EMI Virgin Music Publishing France / Six SARL
Avec l'autorisation de EMI VIRGIN MUSI PUBLISHING FRANCE & de SIX SARL
(p) (Album BESTOV (p) 2001 Capitol Music, une division d'EMI Music France)
1982 Virgin Music, une division de EMI Music France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music France
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Pushed some buttons for me
29 January 2008 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

I agree with some of these comments. By 1984 I thought we were more familiar with AIDS...maybe 82 is the year this should be set. My main gripe was the unconvincing make up Manu wears, and the way he doesn't lose weight. What was so shocking and devastating for those of us growing up with the onset of AIDS was running into people who were gorgeous, fit young and beautiful. Next time you saw them their faces were blemished, their bodies wasted, emaciated, skeletal like. I recall bareley recognising a young lad who'd once been a fixture on the scene. So the scenes where Manu is nursed through the terminal stages were less than convincing and left me somewhat unmoved. Otherwise its worth seeing and its sex positive, uplifting, life affirming attitude is a welcome riposte to Hollywoods schlocky treatment of the subject.


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