Temoins, Les (The Witnesses)

Bristling with emotional intensity, this is far superior to earlier AIDS-related dramas such as ... Philadelphia.
-Thomas Dawson, BBC
A fast-moving, engrossing multiple-character drama that brings the AIDS crisis of the 1980s into laser focus.
-Deborah Young, VARIETY


Manu arrives in Paris, where he shares a cheap hotel room with his sister Julie. He strikes up a joyous, chaste friendship with Adrien, a wealthy doctor in his early fifties who opens Manu’s eyes to a different way of life. On a trip out on a speedboat, Adrien introduces Manu to Sarah and Mehdi, a young couple who have just had their first child. An unplanned love affair and the onset of the AIDS epidemic - seen by the media and in the collective imagination as a shameful, modern-day plague - upset the ordered tranquility of their individual destinies. Each of them becomes a protagonist in - and witness to - a contemporary tragedy, where those who don’t die may emerge stronger, but not undamaged.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, February 29, 2008
Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 112 min.
Year: 2007


Michel Blanc
Sami Bouajila
Julie Depardieu
Emmanuelle Béart
André Téchiné



Director Andre Techine