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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 07 Mar 2007 /
||Director: André Téchiné,
||Synopsis: Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.
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A somewhat schematic script - you can almost see the boxes being ticked
as each issue is dealt with - does not ultimately detract from a fine
achievement. The story surrounds the succumbing to HIV-AIDS by a
life-loving young man at the time when the world was taken by surprise
by the ferocity of the hitherto-unknown virus. The various reactions -
bewilderment, fear, panic, hatred, self-loathing, guilt, determination,
courage, loss, grief and, of course, love - are all charted in the five
There can be little argument, I'd have thought, concerning the
excellence of Michel Blanc's performance; nor of the puzzling awfulness
of Lorenzo Balducci's - whyever was this Italian actor cast as an
American who had been brought up in Australia?
Julie Depardieu's character is the least developed of the central
quintet but nevertheless the actress manages, as ever, to make a
Emanuelle Beart's striking features and dynamic screen presence make it
difficult to assess her as an actress. In the end she didn't convince
me she was any kind of writer, but she was entirely convincing as a
mother with ambivalence to her baby. The scene where her character
talks to her own mother (the late Maia Simon, in a brief but noteworthy
final performance) about the difficulties surrounding her own birth is
one of the most tender in the film.
Johan Libéreau is touching as the doomed Manu, fleshing out what seems
to me to be a somewhat idealised character - unreflective but
sensitive, foolhardy yet vulnerable.
But the film ultimately belongs to Sami Bouajila as the policeman who
finds himself in the most unexpected of relationships. It's by far the
most complex role and also, perhaps for that very reason, the most
believable. Bouajila embraces the contradictions, possibly realising,
as Heath Ledger proved so memorably in Brokeback Mountain, that
struggles with sexuality can produce compelling drama.
Les Temoins is well edited, photographed and, on the whole, well
directed. The influence of Truffaut's Jules Et Jim is all-pervading,
but it's none the worse for that. The film's biggest advantage is that
it tackles its subject in an entirely unsentimental way: the same
script made in Hollywood would undoubtedly turn into something
unspeakably gooey - the memory of Philadelphia, with which it could all
too easily be compared, makes me shudder. Les Temoins is way, way above
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