Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Les Témoins|The Witnesses

Seraphim in France
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2008
3.0 3.0 Stars
LES TÉMOINS: You could subtitle this one Seraphim in France.

Among an elder generation of French filmmakers, those who paid their dues as critics for Cahiers du Cinéma, André Téchiné is the most prominent in dealing with gay themes, as in Les innocents (1987) and Les roseaux sauvages|Wild Reeds (1994). Les témoins is the absorbing story of Manu (Johan Libéreau), a beautiful young man who, arriving in Paris, wreaks havoc with his sexuality, rejecting the love of Adrien (Michel Blanc), a middle-aged medical doctor, and bringing out of the closet Mehdi (Sami Bouajila), a vice cop with a writer wife (Emmanuelle Béart) and a new baby. The first half of the film is a fairly upbeat exploration of open relations, gay and straight. The second half shuts these down: it’s 1984, an unnamed virus has hit the gay community, and one day lesions appear on Manu’s body. Téchiné brings us back to the dreadful dawn of AIDS. Think of Angels in America — this suddenly sad, chilling film could be subtitled Seraphim in France.
French | 112 minutes | Kendall Square
Related: Review: The Girl on the Train, A paper burns, Dishonorable Mentions, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Culture and Lifestyle, GLBT Issues, Special Interest Groups,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE  |  March 12, 2013
    A decent little movie, but hardly a major one, from Iran's master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who, self-exiled, here shoots in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast.
  •   REVIEW: THE GATEKEEPERS  |  February 26, 2013
    Great cinema journalism, The Gatekeepers was the National Society of Film Critics' winner for Best Documentary of 2012.
  •   REVIEW: THE LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953)  |  February 27, 2013
    It's the 60th anniversary of this pioneering American independent feature, which greatly influenced both cinema vérité documentarians and the French New Wave.
  •   REVIEW: HOW TO RE-ESTABLISH A VODKA EMPIRE  |  February 20, 2013
    Daniel Edelstyn launched this film project after reading the spirited diary of his late grandmother, Maroussia Zorokovich, whose wealthy Jewish family split from Ukraine as the Bolsheviks were taking control.
  •   REVIEW: HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA  |  February 12, 2013
    What Robert Flaherty did with title cards in his silent Nanook of the North , Werner Herzog manages with declamatory voiceover in Happy People : romanticization of the austere, self-reliant lives of hunters and trappers in the icebound north.

 See all articles by: GERALD PEARY