The Witnesses

The Witnesses

A Feature film by André Téchiné

Produced by SBS Films

Release in France : 07/03/2007

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Twenty-year-old Manu arrives in Paris looking for work. He settles into his sister’s place. Julie is studying to be an opera singer and makes an effort to keep a distance between herself and her invasive brother. Manu often goes out at night, frequenting singles clubs. He meets Adrien, a gay doctor in his fifties. Extroverted and cultivated, Adrien introduces Manu to a whole new lifestyle. During a boat outing with Adrien, Manu meets a young, married couple, Mehdi and Sarah. Mehdi is a cop, Sarah is a writer. The happiness of this atypical couple seems to be emphasized by the birth of their child. But things aren’t quite what they seem. Manu’s arrival in Paris and his intrusion into the lives of Julie, Adrien, Mehdi, and Sarah will shake up the emotional lay of the land like an earthquake. Without wanting to, without knowing it, Manu causes everyone to reveal their true desires.

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Executive Producer :

Saïd Ben Saïd

Screenwriters :

André Téchiné, Viviane Zingg

Sound recordists :

Jean-Paul Mugel, Francis Wargnier, Cyril Holtz

Press Attachés (film) :

Tony Arnoux, André-Paul Ricci

Continuity supervisor :

Claudine Taulère

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Assistant Director :

Michel Nasri

Director of Photography :

Julien Hirsch

Production Manager :

Yvon Crenn

Editor :

Martine Giordano

Production Designer :

Michèle Abbé

Costume designer :

Khadija Zeggaï

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 52 min

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Dolby DTS

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Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2008)


César award for best supporting actor : Sami Bouajila

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