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The Witnesses-Movie Review 04/04/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Emotional Drama, French language film, Movies.

The Witnesses (French) 2007
Les témoins

Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival

Directed by André Téchiné
Starring Michel Blanc (Adrien), Emmanuelle Béart (Sarah), Sami Bouajila (Mehdi), Johan Libéreau (Manu)

The film follows a group of friends in 1980s Paris, as the days of sexual freedom begin to be affected by the AIDS epidemic. Adrien (Blanc) falls for the handsome young Manu (Libéreau), but their relationship remains that of friends. Adrien’s longtime friend Sarah (Béart) has a relationship and a child with Mehdi (Bouajila), but she is a free-spirited writer who does not feel cut out to be a mother. When Mehdi and Manu meet, their relationship impacts all of their lives.

My favorite performances in the film are Béart, who has appeared in a long list of films (for my review of another, see Strayed) and Libéreau, whose fresh approach to life and love does not last.

112 min. Unrated. Sexual content and adult themes.



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