Life and Nothing But

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Year: 1989
Running Time: 135
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles [audio]
Genres: World Cinema
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Life and Nothing But

Cast
Philippe Noiret
Sabine Azema
Jean-Claude Calon
Frédéric Pierrot
Maurice Barrier
Jean-Roger Milo

Crew
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier


Deemed a "masterpiece" by critic David Thomson, Life and Nothing But is one of director Bertrand Tavernier's (Let Joy Reign Supreme, 'Round Midnight) most ambitious films. With this gorgeously photographed anti-war epic, Tavernier examines the emotional hurdles that separate rich from poor, men from women, history from truth and regret from hope.

A year after WWI has ended, cynical Major Dellaplane (Philippe Noiret - Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino) has the difficult task of identifying and interring thousands of fallen French soldiers anonymously languishing in field hospitals and littering the vast Verdun battlefield. Dellaplane has also become reluctant shepherd to an ad hoc society grown around the legions of widowed wives and mothers combing the French countryside for word of their loved ones. When a buried hospital train yields a fresh source of possibly recognizable bodies, Irene, a haughty Parisian aristocrat and Alice, a hopeful young schoolteacher, form an unlikely alliance with the Major. As the train's surprising cargo is revealed, the three searchers must choose between life in a post-war world stripped of illusions or the seductive self-imprisonment of bitterness and mourning for days, lives and loves gone by.

Tavernier regular Noiret won a French César for his performance opposite the "ravishingly gifted actress" (The Washington Post) Sabine Azéma as Iréne. In courageously and gracefully celebrating inexhaustible human resilience and burgeoning romance amidst unspeakably appalling loss, Life and Nothing But "conveys both the fragile and the indestructible" (The New York Times).

"Tavernier's work is an abundance of invention and generosity" - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times

"Conveys both the fragile and indestructible" - The New York Times

  • Best Artistic Contribution Tokyo International Film Festival

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