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Life and Nothing But (1989)
"La vie et rien d'autre" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 September 1989 (France)
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Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

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Major Delaplane
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Irène de Courtil
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Alice
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Mercadot
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Perrin
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Général Villerieux
Arlette Gilbert ...
Valentine
Louis Lyonnet ...
Valentin
Charlotte Maury-Sentier ...
Cora Mabel (as Charlotte Maury)
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Julien
Thierry Gimenez ...
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Pierre Trabaud ...
Eugene Dilatoire
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January, 1920. 350,000 French soldiers remain missing in action. Major Dellaplane tirelessly matches the dead and the wounded with families' descriptions. Honor and ethics drive him; he hates the idea of "the unknown soldier." Into his sector, looking for her husband, comes a haughty, politically connected Parisian, Madame Irène de Courtil. Brusquely, Dellaplane offers her 1/350,000th of his time, but as their paths cross and she sees his courage and resolve, feelings change. After he finds a surprising connection between her missing husband and a local teacher, Irène makes Dellaplane an offer. This man of action hesitates: has he missed his only chance? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[Irene de Courtil is complaining that Major Dellaplane is not doing enough to locate her missing husband]
Irène de Courtil: So you've decided to be an obstacle.
Major Dellaplane: No, madame. I don't have time to explain, but no, I'm not an obstacle. Except that there are 350,000 missing soldiers--349,771, to be exact. So tell the patriarch of Shukert and De Courtil that a 350-thousandth of my "staggering incompetence" is devoted to his personal case. A 350-thousandth of my time, but that's all.
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the aftermath of the 'war to end all wars'
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Bertrand Tavernier dares to show the true futility of warfare and the hypocrisy behind every call to arms by revealing how the so-called Great War (like every other war before or since) didn't end with an armistice, except of course for the dead. Phillipe Noiret stars as a military statistician assigned to account for the missing and identify the deceased; his expertise is sought by two women, strangers to each other but linked by a terrible secret.

Noiret's character is that rarest of silver screen creatures, a middle-aged hero, and of truly heroic (but no less lifelike) proportions: competent and compassionate while at the same time flawed and uncertain. Over the course of his investigation he discovers firsthand the legacy of state-approved wholesale slaughter, and learns that after four years of bloody trench warfare some graves are best left unturned. With delicate insight and strong but subtle irony the film succeeds in putting a human face on the true victims of any war: not just the dead and disabled, but the civilians caught in the crossfire.


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