The Lost Son (1999)

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The Lost Son brings together talented British director Chris Menges with a well-known face of French cinema, Daniel Auteuil, who plays a detective in self-exile in London who deals mostly with cases of adultery. At the same time, he is trying to come to terms with the ghosts of his past. While trying to locate the brother-in-law of an old friend who once saved his life, he finds himself in the middle of a network of pedophiles. The director tries to avoid voyeurism or over-simplification in dealing with such a sensitive issue. The tone is not judgmental. One memorable image sums up the thrust of the film: a silent boy urinating on the corpse of one of his torturers.
Rating:
R (for scenes involving sexual exploitation of children, strong violence, language and some nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Daniel Auteuil
as Xavier Lombard
Nastassja Kinski
as Deborah Spitz
Bruce Greenwood
as Friedman
Billie Whitelaw
as Mrs. Spitz
Cyril Shaps
as Mr. Spitz
Jamie Harris
as Hopper
Billy Smyth
as Boy No. 6
Mark Benton
as Martin
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Son

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Full Review… | June 18, 2008
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
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June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

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Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Sight and Sound

A hardboiled private eye genre film that comes with the troubling taboo subject matter of kiddie porn.

Full Review… | January 4, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Lost Son

This is a taut well-told story with a very good cast. The story is dark-themed, fast moving, with more than a few twists, and a good deal of violence. Daniel Auteuil is excellent as a transplanted (to London) French detective who is very much in the mold of Sam Spade. His character is world weary, more than a little corrupt, tougher than he looks, and fearless in pursuit once he is committed to tracking down an evil-doer. The supporting cast also does a fine job, especially Ciaran Hinds as the old friend who involves the detective in the case. Highly recommended to all thriller or mystery fans.

David Duncan
David Duncan
½

I found it a hard film to get involved in, perhaps it?s slow pace contributed to that. The performances are rich and nicely developed, very good score. The story can be a little disturbing at times, but too often I was bored.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

I found it a hard film to get involved in, perhaps it’s slow pace contributed to that. The performances are rich and nicely developed, very good score. The story can be a little disturbing at times, but too often I was bored.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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