Life and Nothing but (La Vie et Rien d’Autre)
DIRECTED BY: Betrand Tavernier (1989)
STARRING: Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino, Cesar Award for Best Actor), Sabine Azema, Pascale Vignal
RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes
A year after WW I 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. Deemed a “masterpiece” by critic David Thomson, LIFE AND NOTHING BUT is one of director Bertrand Tavernier’s most ambitious films.
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