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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