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La vie et rien d'autre (1989)

Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

Jean Cosmos (scenario & adaptation), Bertrand Tavernier (scenario & adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

November, 1920. 350,000 French soldiers remain missing in action. Major Delaplane 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, Delaplane 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 Delaplane an offer. This man of action hesitates: has he missed his only chance? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Un monument!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida e Nada Mais See more »

Filming Locations:

Dugny-sur-Meuse, Meuse, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$428,758
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Irène was originally for Fanny Ardant but she had to decline because of her pregnancy. Bertrand Tavernier then considered Catherine Deneuve, but she'd already co-starred numerous times with Philippe Noiret. The part ended up going to Sabine Azéma. See more »

Quotes

Irène de Courtil: Do you want me? As I really am?
Major Dellaplane: But listen! Really! You say such things. You hardly know me.
Irène de Courtil: I don't mean a business partnership.
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Beautiful and thoughtful
20 October 2000 | by quincey-2See 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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