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The Things of Life (1970)

Les choses de la vie (original title)
A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gérard Lartigau ...
Bertrand Bérard
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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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Official French Entry, Cannes Film Festival

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Six months'preparation. The sequence of the accident took ten days to film. The film inspired a song performed by Frida Boccara (theme by Telemann): "L'année où Piccoli jouait les Choses de la Vie" See more »

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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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French director Claude Sautet films some small things of life.
25 September 2014 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

French films are famous for their depiction of minor incidents which converge at a larger point to make up the most of what happens in the lives of people. This helps viewers to have a better idea of protagonists' lives. French director Claude Sautet chose to base his film on this premise as he films the personal as well as professional lives of a successful yet unhappy man. From a career point of view, actor Michel Piccoli is shown as somebody doing well in life as he is appreciated by everybody around him. However, his personal life is in turmoil as he is unable to decide between his wife and his mistress. As he is about to solve this dilemma, a tragedy unfolds in his life. This is hardly the description of an original story but what makes the film interesting is how it has been shot. Apart from describing in detail minor incidents related to the lives of protagonists, Claude Sautet has used all his imagination to film the accident scene which occupies a large part of this film's screen space. Finally, once the film is over, some viewers might be tempted to call it the most important moment of the film.


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