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The Lost Son

The Lost Son

A Feature film by Chris Menges

Produced by Ima Films

Release in France : 21/04/1999

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Ima Films

Foreign production company :

Scala Productions

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 3 Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma

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Xavier Lombard is a former drug squad officer, exiled to London after a bomb killed his wife and daughter. Alone and disillusioned, he ekes out a living as a private detective. One day Carlos, a friend and former colleague, asks him to find his brother, Leon Spitz, a photographer who worked in the red-light district of Soho. Lombard accepts the job, despite hostility from Carlos's wife, Deborah, who seems worried that some skeleton may come out of the closet. Indeed, the detective finds a pedophile videocassette in Leon's apartment.


"I'd already received several offers from English and American producers, but 'The Lost Son' was the first project that really interested me. Right while reading the script, I realized it could be more than just a great action film. The story has powerful emotional resonance, making you think. The character I play follows the grand tradition of private detectives: a loner, the secretive type, scarred by his past and wrestling with serious financial difficulties. By accepting what seems to be a routine job, he's obliged to make a veritable descent into hell."

(Daniel Auteuil, Actor)

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Full credits (12)

Executive Producers :

Paul Cowan, Georges Benayoun

Director of Photography :

Barry Ackroyd

Production Manager :

Chris Wheeldon

Editors :

Luc Barnier, Pamela Power

Production Designer :

John Beard

Costume designer :

Rosie Hackett

Screenwriters :

Eric Leclere, Margaret Leclere

Sound Recordist :

Martin Trevis

Press Attaché (film) :

Isabelle Sauvanon

Continuity supervisor :

Penny Eyles

Music Composer :

Goran Bregovic

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

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Feature film

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Great Britain, France

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Majority French (Great Britain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 42 min

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