The Witnesses (Les Témoins)

  • 2006
  • France
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: André Téchiné
  • Cast: Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Johan Libéreau

Heartfelt and intelligent drama of shifting loyalties and fickle affections shot against the backdrop of the 80s AIDS epidemic. Téchiné perfectly depicts the shock of the AIDS epidemic after the happy carelessness of the 70s sexual revolution, and it's genuinely harrowing to witness the carefree Manu (Libéreau) descend into bitterness and frustration as he succumbs to the disease. Yet this is one film about death that is refreshingly free of melancholy and cloying sentiment and, ultimately, life-affirming.

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The Witnesses

18 Oct 20074 stars

AIDS DRAMA (15) 114min The lively opening chapter of André Téchiné’s (Wild Reeds, Alice et Martin) engrossing new ensemble piece captures the bright, colourful look and fruity feel of the Gallic comedy of manners as the love lives of a group of friends…

Les Witnesses (Les Temoins)

16 Aug 20074 stars

French director Andre Téchiné (Strayed, Alice et Martin) returns with this urgent and compelling relationship drama, which is terrifically acted by its ensemble cast. Split into three parts, and beginning in Paris during the summer of 1984, it swiftly…

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