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The Things of Life (1970)
"Les choses de la vie" (original title)

GP  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 March 1970 (France)
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Pierre, a successful engineer in building highways has a traffic accident. Being seriously wounded, he is lying waiting for death and remembering his past in flashbacks.

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Gérard Lartigau ...
Bertrand Bérard
Jean Bouise ...
François
Boby Lapointe ...
Le bétailleur
Hervé Sand ...
Le camionneur
Jacques Richard ...
L'infirmier
Betty Beckers ...
L'autostoppeuse
Dominique Zardi ...
L'autostoppeur
Gabrielle Doulcet ...
Guitte
Roger Crouzet ...
Le promoteur
Henri Nassiet ...
M. Bérard, le père de Pierre
Claude Confortès ...
Le docteur
Jerry Brouer ...
Le prétendant
Jean Gras ...
Georges, le chef de chantier
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Pierre, a successful engineer in building highways has a traffic accident. Being seriously wounded, he is lying waiting for death and remembering his past in flashbacks. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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In the car crash scene, the stunt double for Michel Piccoli is seen wearing brown gloves in close-ups. However Piccoli is bare-handed while driving. See more »

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Hélène: Tu m'aimes parce que je suis là. Mais s'il faut traverser la rue pour me rejoindre tu es perdu.
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The first link of the bourgeoisie saga.
12 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

With "les choses de la vie" ,Claude Sautet relinquished his former style ,film noir ("classes tous risques" "l'arme à gauche" both worth seeking)in favor of bourgeois psychological dramas .

"Les choses de la vie" was the first link on the chain,and -with the exception of "Max et les ferrailleurs" (1971),which showed Sautet at the height of his powers,when he came back for a short while to his first inspiration-remains the best of this "cinema de qualité".

Unlike the other works ("Mado" "Cesar et Rosalie" "Vincent,François,Paul et les autres" "une histoire simple" ,etc etc etc) ,"les choses de la vie" has an emotional power and an unusual inventive direction.Editing is stunning (the first picture is one wheel of the car ),and never a car accident was filmed with such mastery.Flashbacks are used with great skill too.The nightmare scene (the wedding) remains very impressive today.And the metaphorical way Sautet uses to depict the hero's death commands respect and admiration.The last part of the movie is almost completely silent,but the strength of the pictures and the actors' talent (Piccoli,Schneider,but Lea Massari and Jean Bouise too)work wonders.Superb score.louis Delluc prize.

Remake :"intersection" featuring Richard Gere.As I cannot say something nice...


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