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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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A Vida e Nada Mais  »

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Major Dellaplane: All antelopes are beautiful. You know why? Because they're scared. Their eyes are black and they're scared. They're right to be. The world is full of jaws.
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Very good but probably not a film that most younger people would appreciate
2 March 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was fascinated by this film--probably because I am a history teacher and teach about WWI (among other topics). But I wonder if most other people would really care about the plot. You see, it's about the aftermath of WWI and the setting concerns soldiers sifting through the French countryside trying to find and identify all the bodies. The officer in charge is a bit fixated on all this and into his obsessive little world come two ladies who are looking for a husband and a fiancé who have been missing since 1917. The attention to details in the film is interesting and there are many little touches that make it a must see for history lovers. However, I must also point out that for me, the relationships that develop and unfold during the movie don't always work all that well. Plus, another recent French film dealing with the same topic (A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT) is a vastly superior film. It would be great if you could see them both, but if you only want to see one film, see A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT--it's better in most every way.


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