The Witnesses 2007

The Witnesses

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French director André Téchiné successfully weaves five gripping stories in an engaging and realistic film about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

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Adrien (Michel Blanc) is a middle-aged doctor who's still single and enjoys cruising younger men. One night he's sexually rebuffed by a boy named Manu (Johan Libéreau) but pursues a friendship with him anyway. He takes Manu along on a seaside vacation with his best friend, Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart), and her policeman husband, Mehdi (Sami Bouajila). Shortly thereafter, Manu and Mehdi begin an affair, causing significant tension within the two couples that worsen when Manu is diagnosed with AIDS.

Cast & Crew

Emmanuelle Béart
Sarah
Johan Libéreau
Manu
Raphaëline Goupilleau
La mère de Julie et Manu
André Téchiné
Director
André Téchiné
Screenwriter
Laurent Guyot
Screenwriter
Viviane Zingg
Screenwriter
Saïd Ben Saïd
Producer
Julien Hirsch
Cinematographer
Martine Giordano
Film Editor
Philippe Sarde
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Critic Reviews for The Witnesses

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Audience Reviews for The Witnesses

  • Jun 12, 2010
    An unusual but refreshingly straightforward film that sensitively shows how the beginning of the AIDS epidemic affects a group of connected friends. Beautifully filmed, the screenplay keeps things relatively pared back and serves the actors well - the power and intensity comes from the terrific performances instead of artificial melodrama. An intelligent and adult film.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Poignant, sensitive drama with well developed characters realistically played by the cast.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2008
    Functional but well performed recollection of the AIDS epidemic and its fallout amongst a group of unlikable bourgeoisie.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Witnesses," it is 1984 and Sarah(Emmanuelle Beart), a children's writer, is married to Mehdi(Sami Bouajila), a macho and ambitious vice cop. Not being able to concentrate with her baby crying all the time, Sarah persuades her husband to take some time off, so they can go to her summer house, inviting her friend and doctor, Adrien(Michel Blanc), who brings along Manu(Johan Libereau), a young man who he met while cruising in the park one night. During that weekend, Mehdi saves Manu from drowning and the two men become friends...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]It goes without saying that there has been better fiction written about the early days of the AIDS epidemic including "Longtime Companion" and the play, "Angels in America," which were made at the end of the initial crisis, signaling the beginning of the long battle ahead. Coming at least a decade after them, "The Witnesses" is an astute but slightly overlong movie that is a reminder of how far we have come since then, arguing for love and compassion in the process. But what also sets it apart, is its eroticism, not shying away from the sexual side of the equation which even the more chaste characters have no problem with.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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