Life and Nothing But

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

Life and Nothing But
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Directed byBertrand Tavernier
Written byJean Cosmos
Bertrand Tavernier
StarringPhilippe Noiret
Sabine Azéma
CinematographyBruno de Keyzer
Distributed byUGC
Release date
  • 6 September 1989 (1989-09-06)
Running time
135 minutes
Box office$11.3 million[1]


Set in October 1920, it tells the story of Major Delaplane, a man whose job is to find the identities of unknown dead soldiers after World War I. He encounters two women looking for their lost men: Irène, an aristocrat, and Alice, a country girl. The movie is a sensitive examination of the deep psychological scars left behind by the war, clear of sentiment yet with delicately nuanced irony.



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