Section: French Shoals
Directed by: André Téchiné

Les Temoins
France, 2007

Dir.: André Téchiné
Scr.: Laurent Guyot, André Téchiné, Viviane Zingg
Phot.: Julien Hirsch
Editor: Martine Giordano
Music: Philippe Sarde
Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Blanc, Julie Depardieu, Sami Bouajila, Johan Libéreau
Format: 35 mm
112 mins
Contact: Institut Français, Budapest


Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart at her most luminous) is a writer and new mother, who is not having much luck with either role. Her best friend Adrien (Michel Blanc) has fallen head over heels for a very young man, Manu (Johan Libérau) - but Manu in turn is more interested in Sarah's husband Mehdi (Sami Bouajila), whose devotion to his wife doesn’t necessarily exclude the odd dalliance. As if things aren’t complicated enough, it’s the early 1980s, and there’s a mysterious new virus in town... Directed by the prolific French master André Téchiné, this is a heartfelt and intelligent adult drama of shifting loyalties and fickle affections, beautifully shot and performed.

“Once again, with his new film The Witnesses, great French filmmaker André Téchiné surveys the intersections of sexuality and politics, while offering up a compelling study in human strength and weakness. Instructive without ever falling into cheap bromides, dramatic without ever veering into overzealous melodrama.” (Michael Koresky)

See also:
57.000 Km Between Us Before I Forget
La France Lady Chatterley
The Secret of the Grain Very Well, Thank You
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