One Night (2012 film)

One Night (French: 38 témoins), also known as 38 Witnesses, is a 2012 Belgian-French drama film directed by Lucas Belvaux.[2] It was written by Belvaux based on Didier Decoin's novel Est-ce ainsi que les femmes meurent?. It premiered on 30 January 2012, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film was nominated for seven Magritte Awards, winning Best Screenplay.[3]

One Night
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Film poster
Directed byLucas Belvaux
Produced byYvan Attal
Patrick Quinet
Patrick Sobelman
Screenplay byLucas Belvaux
Based onEst-ce ainsi que les femmes meurent?
by Didier Decoin
StarringYvan Attal
Sophie Quinton
Nicole Garcia
Music byArne Van Dongen
CinematographyPierric Gantelmi d'Ille
Edited byLudo Troch
Agat Films & Cie
Distributed byCinéart (Belgium) Diaphana Films (France)
Release date
Running time
104 minutes
Budget$7.1 million
Box office$3.3 million[1]


When Louise Morvand returns from a business trip to China she discovers that a crime has been committed in her hometown. A woman has been murdered in the very street where Louise lives with her husband Pierre. Upon initial police investigation it appears that there were no witnesses to the crime,[4] and Louise's neighbours seem to be strangely uninterested in finding the murderer. Haunted by a feeling of guilt, Pierre goes to the police station and admits that he heard screams and saw the attacked woman from the window on the night of the murder. Following his testimony at the police, Pierre is misunderstood by his wife and ostracized and harassed by his neighbours. A full investigation reveals that 38 people actually witnessed the crime, but none of them called police or did anything to help the victim. Journalist Sylvie Loriot is determined to reveal the truth to the public. The police reconstructs the crime with the help of the witnesses, and Louise leaves her husband.



  1. ^ "38 TÉMOINS (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  2. ^ "38 Witnesses". Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  3. ^ Leurquin, Anne-Sophie (February 2, 2013). "Quatre Magritte pour " A perdre la raison "". Le Soir (in French). Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "One Night (2012)". Retrieved 2020-09-05.

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