Life and Nothing But

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Life and Nothing But
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Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
Written by Jean Cosmos
Bertrand Tavernier
Starring Philippe Noiret
Sabine Azéma
Cinematography Bruno de Keyzer
Distributed by UGC
Release dates
  • 6 September 1989 (1989-09-06)
Running time
135 minutes
Country France
Language French

Life and Nothing But (French: La vie et rien d'autre) is a 1989 French film directed by Bertrand Tavernier.


Set in October 1920, it tells the story of Major Dellaplane, a man whose job is to find the identities of unknown dead soldiers after World War I. Dellaplane forms a relationship with a woman who is looking for her missing husband, but a dilemma begins when he learns that her husband may still be alive. The movie is a sensitive examination of the deep psychological scars left behind by the Great War, clear of sentiment yet with delicately nuanced irony.


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