The Witnesses
The Witnesses (2007)

Manu is 20 years old when he arrives in Paris to look for a job. Initially, he moves in with his sister, Julie, who rents a room in a sleazy hotel. Her life revolves around music. She is training to be an opera singer and tries hard to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: French director André Téchiné successfully weaves five gripping stories in an engaging and realistic film about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Excitingly convoluted.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Witnesses doesn't pay off with a great operatic pinnacle, but it's better that way. Better to show people we care about facing facts they care desperately about, without the consolation of plot mechanics.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Witnesses has an emotional maturity that adds richness to its social observation.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Techine's graceful, forceful drama has the tact not to play narrative games with its subject.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director Andre Techine's story is one of subtle emotional tones that require the most of an actor, and the cast is uniformly compelling.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Best when it turns from bed-hopping into a docudrama, but its effort to personalize the AIDS crisis is not emotionally convincing as the characters lose their individuality.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

André Téchiné's film features a strong ensemble cast. The film pulls no punches in its depiction of lives in crisis.

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John Anderson
Washington Post

In The Witnesses, [director] Techine levels his gaze on the '80s, an era of seeming innocence, perhaps license, and one in which biological freedom has led to a loose, even sloppily knit fabric of humanity.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A somber look back, and for Americans, a view from somewhere else of a time that might have been just recently forgotten.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Poignant, sensitive drama with well developed characters realistically played by the cast.
Daniel Parsons
An unusual but refreshingly straightforward film that sensitively shows how the beginning of the AIDS epidemic affects a group of connected friends. Beautifully… More
Gordon Anderson
Functional but well performed recollection of the AIDS epidemic and its fallout amongst a group of unlikable bourgeoisie.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Witnesses," it is 1984 and Sarah(Emmanuelle Beart), a children's writer, is married to Mehdi(Sami Bouajila), a macho… More