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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Major Delaplane
Irène de Courtil
Pascale Vignal ...
Maurice Barrier ...
François Perrot ...
Jean-Pol Dubois ...
Daniel Russo ...
Lieutenant Trévise
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Général Villerieux
Arlette Gilbert ...
Louis Lyonnet ...
Charlotte Maury-Sentier ...
Cora Mabel (as Charlotte Maury)
François Caron ...
Thierry Gimenez ...
L'adjudant du génie
Madame Lebègue
Pierre Trabaud ...
Eugene Dilatoire


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 <>

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Release Date:

6 September 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida e Nada Mais  »

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Impressive visually, but, grim, slow, and unsatisfying.

This is a powerful film with a genuinely epic feel. The backdrop of a post-war battle field is movingly sombre, with sets scattered with the last remains of soldiers, some hastily dug graves, and hoards of women mourning the loss of husbands and sons. There is no sense of victory or joy after the war, and its central character, Delaplane

  • brilliantly played by Philippe Noiret - portrays the mood of grim realism

of what the war has done to his country and to his life.

Unfortunately, the film is let down by a somewhat feeble love story involving Delaplane which has an unsatisfactory and unconvincing resolution.

At way over two hours in length, the lack of a substantial central plot is more than noticeable. Towards the end, the film becomes slow and almost boring, despite some impressive visual images. It is almost as if the grimness of the subject matter has completely overwhelmed the film. However, considering how grim the subject matter is, that is hardly surprising.

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