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Life and Nothing But Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 1990


Awarded by
European Film Academy Bertrand Tavernier Special Jury Award 1989 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bertrand Tavernier Best Foreign Language Film 1990 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Philippe Noiret Best Actor 1989 Winner
European Film Academy Philippe Noiret Best Actor 1989 Winner


Philippe Noiret
as Maj. Dellaphanne
Sabine Azéma
as Irene de Courtil
Pascale Vignal
as Alice
Maurice Barrier
as Marcadot
Francois Perrot
as Perrin
Jean-Paul Dubois
as Andre
Daniel Russo
as Lt. Trevise
Michel Duchaussoy
as Gen. Villerieux
Nicolas Tronc
as Soldier Lefevre
Bruno Raffaelli
as Maginot
Mike Zwerin
as Jennings
Patrick Massieu
as Gardien cimetiere
Francois Dyrek
as Vergnes
Philippe Uchan
as Legless Man
Francois Domange
as Georges
Marion Loran
as Solange de Boissancourt
Mickey Baker
as Banjo jazz
Pascal Elso
as L'Aveugle
Jean-Roger Milo
as Mons. Lebegue
Louba Guertchikoff
as La Femme aux yeux bleus
Adrienne Bonnet
as Mme. Ichac
Christophe Odent
as Poirleau
Philippe Deplanche
as Lecordier
Marcel Zanini
as Leo
Michel Cassagne
as Abel Mascle
Jean-Christophe Lebert
as L'Amnesique
Georges Staquet
as Le Cure
Charlotte Kadi
as Bonne Soeur hopital
Michele Gleizer
as La Fermiere
Bruno Therasse
as Rougeaud
Arlette Gilbert
as Valentine
Catherine Verlor
as Bonne Soeur plage
Daniel Langlet
as Monsieur Lohac
Frédéric Pierrot
as Marcel
Jean-Yves Gautier
as Caporal
Gilles Janeyrand
as Sous-Officier
Eric Dufay
as Soldat train
Jerome Frossard
as Soldat commissionnaire
Thierry Gimenez
as Adjudant du Genie
Frederique Meininger
as Mme. Lebegue
Alain Frerot
as Pelat
François Caron
as Julien
Odile Cointepas
as Madame Harnesson
Charlotte Maury
as Cora Mabel
Jean-Claude Calon
as Sergent zele
Sangoma Everett
as Drummer
Pierre Trabaud
as Eugene Dilatoire
Louis Lyonnet
as Valentin
Jean-Paul Comart
as Fagot
Marc Perrone
as Pochin
Jean Champion
as Lagrange
Gabriel Cattand
as Prof. Mortier


Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier
Jean Cosmos
Bruno de Keyzer
Armand Psenny
Guy-Claude Francois
Production Designer
Frederic Bourboulon
Executive Producer
Albert Prevost
Executive Producer
Pierre Fontaine
Set Designer
Jacqueline Moreau
Costume Designer
Michel Desrois
Sound/Sound Designer