38 témoins

  • 104'
  • France
  • 2012
Outside an apartment complex in the French port city of Le Havre, a female student is gruesomely murdered in the middle of the night. The complex's 38 inhabitants say they heard or saw nothing. Until one of them, the introverted pilot Pierre (Yvan Attal), decides to break the silence. He admits to the police that he was awakened by a desperate, primeval cry. A cry that cannot have escaped his neighbours’ attention.
But why did they, just like Pierre, not come to the victim’s aid? Why do they collectively deny having witnessed the murder? Due to cowardice, shame or fear? These questions haunt the traumatised Pierre, and director Belvaux (The Trilogy) states them openly. His book adaptation (the opening film at IFFR 2012) is an unbiased investigation. Why do people tend to want to hush up certain events? 38 Witnesses is a thorough, psychological study and a claustrophobic murder mystery in one. The understated cinematography and subdued soundtrack subtly increase the tension.
Director
Lucas Belvaux
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
France, Belgium
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
104'
Medium
35mm
International title
38 Witnesses
Language
French
Producers
Patrick Sobelman, Patrick Quinet, Yvan Attal
Production Companies
AGAT Films & Cie, Artémis Productions, Films sous influence
Sales
Playtime
Screenplay
Lucas Belvaux, based on a novel by Didier Decoin
Cinematography
Pierric Gantelmi d’Ille
Editor
Ludo Troch
Production Design
Frédérique Belvaux
Sound Design
Henri Morelle
Music
Arne Van Dongen
Cast
Natacha Régnier, Patrick Descamps, Nicole Garcia, Sophie Quinton, Yvan Attal
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands