The Witnesses (2008)

Witnesses
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 52mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign, Period
Keywords 1980s, AIDS
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Emmanuelle Béart Actor Sarah 1 1000001
Michel Blanc Actor Adrien 1 1000002
Sami Bouajila Actor Mehdi 1 1000003
Julie Depardieu Actor Julie 1 1000004
Johan Libéreau Actor Manu 1 1000005
Constance Dolle Actor Sandra 1 1000006
Alain Cauchi Actor Chief Of Police 1 1000007
Lorenzo Balducci Actor Steve 1 1000008
Raphaëline Goupilleau Actor Julie and Manu's mother 1 1000009
Michèle Moretti Actor n/a 1 1000010
Bertrand Soulier Actor Doctor 1 1 1000011
Jacques Nolot Actor The Hotel Manager 1 1000012
Xavier Beauvois Actor Sarah's Publisher 1 1000013
Maia Simon Actor Sarah's mother 1 1000014
Amael Ibarguen Actor (3 Months) 1 1000015
Oscar Aima Actor (6 Months) 1 1000016
Vladimir Alexinsky Actor (1 Year) 1 1000017
Satya Dusaugey Actor Young Man In Park 1 1000018
Marie-Julie Blanchet Actor Nurse 1 1000019
Jean-Marie Bessett Actor Operating Theatre Assistant 1 1000020
Gilbert Desveaux Actor Doctor 2 1 1000021
André Téchiné Director n/a 2 2000001
Saïd Ben Saïd Producer n/a 3 3000001
Viviane Zingg Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
André Téchiné Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Laurent Guyot Screenplay n/a 120778 4000003
Albert Blasius Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Yvon Crenn Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Michel Nasri Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Marie Fischer Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Abraham Goldblat Post-Production Supervisor n/a 120796 5000005
Jean-Pierre Chevallier Location Manager n/a 193 5000006
Claudine Taulere Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000007
Julien Hirsch Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Martine Giordano Editor n/a 172 7000001
Marie-Julie Maille Editor n/a 172 7000002
Dominique Trottein Music Conductor n/a 120818 8000001
Laurent Balandras Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
Daniela Romano Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000003
Philippe Sarde Original Music n/a 120838 8000004
Anne-Sophie Domergue Soloist n/a 121021 8000005
Michele Abbe Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Catharine Werner-Schmit Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Michele Abbe Art Director n/a 183 9000003
Khadija Zeggaï Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Frederic Souquet Hair Stylist n/a 120799 13000002
Cedric Gerard Makeup n/a 353 13000003
Dominique Colladant Special Makeup Effects n/a 120881 13000004
Claire Tong Wardrobe n/a 120823 13000005
Francis Wargnier Sound Editor n/a 229 14000001
Cyril Holtz Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000003
Christophe Duroyaume Gaffer n/a 268 15000001
Pascal Martin Props n/a 120817 24000001
Synopsis
Manu is 20 years old when he arrives in Paris to look for a job. Initially, he moves in with his sister, Julie, who rents a room in a sleazy hotel. Julie's life revolves around music. She is training to be an opera singer and tries hard to partition herself off from her ebullient brother. Manu is a night bird. One night he meets Adrien, an extrovert and cultivated gay doctor in his early 50s with whom he strikes up a carefree, platonic friendship. Adrien soon introduces Manu to his circle of friends. Shortly afterwards, Adrien takes Manu for a boat trip on the Mediterranean with a young married couple: Mehdi, who is a cop, and Sarah, a writer. The recent birth of their first child seems only to have made this unconventional couple even happier together, but appearances are deceptive. For Mehdi, the zealous police inspector, paternity has magnified his tyrannical side and this leads to excessive behavior both at work and in his sex-life. Meanwhile, Sarah is unable to come to terms with being a mother, feeling that it encroaches on her identity as a woman. Unable to bond with her baby, she immerses herself in her writing in a desperate quest for inspiration. Manu's arrival in Paris and his intrusion into Julie, Adrien, Mehdi and Sarah's lives creates shockwaves in all their relationships. Unintentionally and unknowingly, Manu forces them confront their true desires.