The Witnesses (2007)
Critic Consensus: French director André Téchiné successfully weaves five gripping stories in an engaging and realistic film about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
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Critic Reviews for The Witnesses
Techine's graceful, forceful drama has the tact not to play narrative games with its subject.
André Téchiné's film features a strong ensemble cast. The film pulls no punches in its depiction of lives in crisis.
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.
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.
What the characters in The Witnesses -- and the audience -- pay testimony to in André Téchiné's urgent, compassionate, and ultimately optimistic French drama are the toll the epidemic has rung, and the responsibility of the living to choose life.
Audience Reviews for The Witnesses
Poignant, sensitive drama with well developed characters realistically played by the cast.
An unusual but refreshingly straightforward film that sensitively shows how the beginning of the AIDS epidemic affects a group of connected friends. Beautifully filmed, the screenplay keeps things relatively pared back and serves the actors well - the power and intensity comes from the terrific performances instead of artificial melodrama. An intelligent and adult film.
Functional but well performed recollection of the AIDS epidemic and its fallout amongst a group of unlikable bourgeoisie.
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