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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
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 ...
L'adjudant du génie
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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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[Irene de Courtil reacts to an explosion]
Irène de Courtil: It's as if the war was still on.
Major Dellaplane: You saw the war from afar. War is worse, so much worse. Acres and acres covered with rotting cadavers, no trees, fly-covered heads sticking out of waterholes... It stinks. Swarming with rats...
Irène de Courtil: Shut up!
Major Dellaplane: We do nothing but shut up! Who'd listen to us anyway? Who'd print it? The newspapers want only lies and official idiocy. "The war's devastating allure only appears to be destructive." I read that. Signed: General Cherfils....
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Beautiful and thoughtful
20 October 2000 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully acted and well written drama set in France in the aftermath of World War One. It's a romance about the importance of memory in morality and love and coming to terms with loss on an individual and national scale.


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