The Lost Son

"Good"

The Lost Son Review


Forget 8MM. The Lost Son's look at a troubled P.I. who gets caught up in what turns out to be a nasty child prostitution ring is exceptional considering it's barely anything more than a direct-to-video thriller packed with stars that barely speak English.

French ¾ber-actor Daniel Auteuil stars as Xavier, an investigator with a seedy past -- he's had a mysterious scrape or two, and now, to get by, he does double time, accepting money for an engagement only to blackmail the subject for more. When a wealthy woman (Nastassja Kinski) and her family hire Xavier to find a grown man who's gone missing, Xavier ends up cracking a child porn gang wide open.

Unlike the aforementioned lame 8MM, The Lost Son really does get seedy, with a prostitute pal and plenty of loathsome characters that do more than wear leather masks to show how distasteful they are. It's hardly Triumph of the Will, but the villains make your skin crawl.

That is, when you can understand them. Between Auteuil, Kinski, and cockney Katrin Cartlidge, the many (and varied) accents are so thick the movie actually becomes difficult to follow at times. And that's not even mentioning that Kinski has never had a shred of acting talent to lay claim to.

The bottom line on The Lost Son: It's an nteresting diversion if you can't find anything better to rent at the video store.

Lost and found.



The Lost Son

Facts and Figures

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 21st April 1999

Distributed by: Artisan Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Chris Menges

Producer:

Starring: as Xavier Lombard, as Deborah Spitz, as Emily, as Nathalie, as Carlos, as Mrs. Spitz, Cyril Shaps as Mr. Spitz, as Friedman, as Hopper, Hemal Pandya as Shiva, Billy Smyth as Boy No 6, as Martin, as Giant, Michael Liebman as Peter, Joe White as Barman, Ray MacAllan as Paul, Júlio Garcia as Priest, Mehmet Ferda as Pimp, as Call Girl, Brenda Whitehead as Airline Passenger, Christine Perez as Nina, as Nathalie's Pimp, Natalie Rogers as Lombard's Wife, Charlotte Carew-Gibbs as Lombard's Daughter, Gregory McFarnon as Leon, Lady Marcia Fitzalan-Howard as Mrs. Carlton, Will Welch as Lover

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