Life and Nothing But

Overview

The grim post-World War I era in Europe is grist for director Bertrand Tavernier's mill in Life and Nothing But. Philipe Noiret portrays a French major who is supervising the gruesome task of counting and identifying the corpses still strewn over the battlefield. Noiret is obsessed with the notion that, by doing his job above and beyond the call of duty, he can somehow make up for the carnage in which he participated a few years earlier. The major's mission is intercut with short vignettes involving the families ...
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Overview

The grim post-World War I era in Europe is grist for director Bertrand Tavernier's mill in Life and Nothing But. Philipe Noiret portrays a French major who is supervising the gruesome task of counting and identifying the corpses still strewn over the battlefield. Noiret is obsessed with the notion that, by doing his job above and beyond the call of duty, he can somehow make up for the carnage in which he participated a few years earlier. The major's mission is intercut with short vignettes involving the families and loved ones of the dead, and with the efforts by another officer to find a suitable candidate for an Unknown Soldier testimonial.
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Special Features

An interview with Philippe Noiret and Bertrand Tavernier; Stills gallery; Filmographies; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
World War I not only killed and crippled, it also stole, robbing untold thousands of soldiers of their identities. This 1989 Bertrand Tavernier film tells the story of a French army officer, Major Dellaplane, charged with restoring the identities of 350,000 dead or shell-shocked Frenchmen. As Dellaplane toils, Tavernier holds a mirror to postwar France. And what the viewer sees is revolting. Profiteering sculptors offer to immortalize soldiers in stone. Quick-find merchants promise to ferret out rotting corpses. Worst of all, bigwig bureaucrats promote national glory by ordering Dellaplane to certify a soldier -- any soldier -- as "unknown" to meet the deadline for enshrining a nameless warrior in France's tomb of the unknown soldier, the Arc de Triomphe. Dellaplane must deliver an unidentified corpse even if he and his staff have the wherewithal to eventually identify the soldier. Philippe Noiret portrays Dellaplane brilliantly. Outwardly, he is dispassionate, abrupt, and cold. Inwardly, he is fiercely dedicated to his task. Men who fell in battle for their country deserve at least a name, he believes. While probing for information, Dellaplane meets two women -- Alice (Pascale Vignal), who is searching for her husband, and Irène (Sabine Azéma), who is searching for her fiancé. When Dellaplane tells Irène the fate of her beloved -- and who he really was -- the shock devastates her. As for Alice, Dellaplane falls in love with her, but does not reveal his feelings until his job is done and she is more than 4,000 miles away. La Vie et Rien d'Autre succeeds as an antiwar film, one that calls attention to a rarely chronicled part of war -- the aftermath.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • UPC: 738329037321
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,272

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Noiret Maj. Dellaphanne
Sabine Azéma Irene de Courtil
Pascale Vignal Alice
Maurice Barrier Marcadot
Francois Perrot Perrin
Jean-Paul Dubois Andre
Daniel Russo Lt. Trevise
Michel Duchaussoy Gen. Villerieux
Adrienne Bonnet Mme. Ichac
Sangoma Everett Drummer
W. Franke Harling One-armed man
Marc Perrone Pochin
Frédéric Pierrot Marcel
Philippe Uchan Legless Man
Marcel Zanini Leo
Arlette Gilbert Valentine
Louis Lyonnet Valentin
Charlotte Maury Cora Mabel
Thierry Gimenez Adjudant du Genie
Frederique Meininger Mme. Lebegue
Pierre Trabaud Eugene Dilatoire
Jean-Roger Milo Mons. Lebegue
Catherine Verlor Bonne Soeur plage
Jean-Christophe Lebert L'Amnesique
Bruno Therasse Rougeaud
Marion Loran Solange de Boissancourt
Charlotte Kadi Bonne Soeur hopital
Gabriel Cattand Prof. Mortier
Christophe Odent Poirleau
Jean Champion Lagrange
Philippe Deplanche Lecordier
Michel Cassagne Abel Mascle
Francois Domange Georges
Jean-Paul Comart Fagot
Patrick Massieu Gardien cimetiere
Pascal Elso L'Aveugle
Odile Cointepas Madame Harnesson
Louba Guertchikoff La Femme aux yeux bleus
Jean-Claude Calon Sergent zele
Jean-Yves Gautier Caporal
Gilles Janeyrand Sous-Officier
Nicolas Tronc Soldier Lefevre
Jerome Frossard Soldat commissionnaire
Michele Gleizer La Fermiere
Daniel Langlet Monsieur Lohac
Georges Staquet Le Cure
Alain Frerot Pelat
Francois Dyrek Vergnes
Oswald d'Andréa Cora Mable, Pianist
Mickey Baker Banjo jazz
Stephen Potts Saxophonist
Mike Zwerin Jennings
Bruno Raffaelli Maginot
Eric Dufay Soldat train
François Caron Julien
Technical Credits
Bertrand Tavernier Director, Screenwriter
Frederic Bourboulon Executive Producer
René Cleitman Co-producer
Oswald d'Andréa Score Composer
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Michel Desrois Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Fontaine Set Decoration/Design
Guy-Claude Francois Production Designer
Jean Cosmos Screenwriter
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Muller Makeup
Albert Prevost Executive Producer
Armand Psenny Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Missing in Action [9:49]
2. Top Secret [6:24]
3. An Unending War [9:46]
4. Tivo Rivers Meet [5:44]
5. Missing Faces [8:48]
6. Off the Safe Path [10:30]
7. The Art of Artifacts [9:30]
8. The Tunnel Incident [13:41]
9. Hotel Warin [12:26]
10. "Who Is Mr. Pony?" [1:13]
11. Betrayed By the Dead [7:51]
12. Dinner, Dancing & Patriotism [9:44]
13. Confessions & The Unknown Soldier [8:13]
14. A Souvenir, A Letter [8:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      An Interview With Philippe Noiret & Bertrand Tavernier
      Stills Gallery
      Filmographies
         Bertrand Tavernier
         Philippe Noiret
   Subtitle Options
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