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

PG  |   |  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
Pascale Vignal ...
Alice
Maurice Barrier ...
Mercadot
François Perrot ...
Perrin
Jean-Pol Dubois ...
André
Daniel Russo ...
Lieutenant Trévise
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Général Villerieux
Arlette Gilbert ...
Valentine
Louis Lyonnet ...
Valentin
Charlotte Maury-Sentier ...
Cora Mabel (as Charlotte Maury)
François Caron ...
Julien
Thierry Gimenez ...
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Madame Lebègue
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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6 September 1989 (France)  »

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A Vida e Nada Mais  »

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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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A great story told in a rather dull fashion
10 April 2006 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Philippe Noiret plays a military bureaucrat who is meticulously trying to catalogue the casualties of WWI. He and two women cross paths during the excavation of a train that was buried in a tunnel by German explosives. This would make for a great existential movie, but it's all talk talk talk. The dialogue is endless, and, with the long running time, the whole picture seems that way, too. The film would be much more powerful if it demonstrated its themes more visually. Instead, the emotions come off as somewhat flatter than they deserve to be. The production is also poor; it feels like it was made for television. And the musical score is so weak it takes the film down a peg itself. It's still worth watching, but I think it really could have been a lot better.


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