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The Things of Life (1970)

Les choses de la vie (original title)
A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident.

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Sandro Continenza (dialogue: Italian version), Jean-Loup Dabadie (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Pierre Bérard
Romy Schneider ... Hélène
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Bertrand Bérard
Jean Bouise ... François
Boby Lapointe Boby Lapointe ... Le bétailleur
Hervé Sand Hervé Sand ... Le camionneur
Jacques Richard Jacques Richard ... L'infirmier
Betty Beckers Betty Beckers ... L'autostoppeuse
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... L'autostoppeur
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... Guitte
Roger Crouzet Roger Crouzet ... Le promoteur
Henri Nassiet Henri Nassiet ... M. Bérard, le père de Pierre
Claude Confortès Claude Confortès ... Le docteur
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Le prétendant
Jean Gras Jean Gras ... Georges, le chef de chantier
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Storyline

Pierre, a successful engineer in building highways has a traffic accident. Being seriously wounded, he is lying waiting for death and remembering his past in flashbacks. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Official French Entry, Cannes Film Festival

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Things of Life See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,314, 31 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,367,359
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Six months'preparation. The sequence of the accident took ten days to film. The film inspired a song performed by Frida Boccara (theme by Telemann): "L'année où Piccoli jouait les Choses de la Vie" See more »

Goofs

In the car crash scene, the stunt double for Michel Piccoli is seen wearing brown gloves in close-ups. However Piccoli is bare-handed while driving. See more »

Quotes

Hélène: Tu m'aimes parce que je suis là. Mais s'il faut traverser la rue pour me rejoindre tu es perdu.
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Connections

Remade as Intersection (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Générique
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by Jean-Michel Defaye Et Son Orchestre
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My rating: 7
23 September 2013 | by Vihren MitevSee all my reviews

Well, the things of life are not always like this, neither are exactly like this. Maybe for its time this movie was something like documentary and representative for the decade but now it seem to me more like utopia and idealistic. I hurry to tell you why.

Most important, seen from south-eastern point of view the look over the man is strained a lot. He with capital "h" who is not clear with himself is being waited by his wife and son and his newly beloved. Almost deified. And he, in this time he is self-willed and frivolous...

From there on you know what this movie is about. The positive which I want to note is the approach including dreams while he is in coma. The viewer is being rose to the role of a shaman who is asked to interpret them. So, I leave to you the interpretation while I continue with my next critic of ideas in a movie.

http://vihrenmitevmovies.blogspot.com/


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