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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


    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.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    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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    "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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    Coproducer countries :

    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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