Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Witnesses

It is the summer of 84 and Manu (Johan Libéreau), who is gay, makes his way down to Paris to live with his sister (Julie Depardieu). The sun and Parisian air sees Manu living his life up. He soon slips into the life of Adrien (Michel Blanc), an affluent doctor in the city. Adrien opens up his circle of friends to Manu and his social life starts to expand. But the joy of summer is short lived as the winter sees Paris hit by the AIDS virus, irrevocably changing and the lives of Manu and everybody that he touches. An unsentimental but startling look at the early days of the AIDS epidemic through the eyes of a group of friends with varying degrees of sexual leanings.

Rating: * * +

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