Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Life and Nothing But Details


The grim post-World War I era in Europe is grist for director [[Performer~P113717~Bertrand Tavernier~bertrandtavernier]]'s mill in Life and Nothing But. [[Performer~P52872~Philipe Noiret~philippenoiret]] 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
Catherine Verlor
as Bonne Soeur plage
Francois Dyrek
as Vergnes
Jean-Roger Milo
as Mons. Lebegue
Marion Loran
as Solange de Boissancourt
Odile Cointepas
as Madame Harnesson
Thierry Gimenez
as Adjudant du Genie
Alain Frerot
as Pelat
Francois Domange
as Georges
Charlotte Kadi
as Bonne Soeur hopital
Jean-Yves Gautier
as Caporal
Michel Cassagne
as Abel Mascle
Patrick Massieu
as Gardien cimetiere
Charlotte Maury
as Cora Mabel
Frédéric Pierrot
as Marcel
Jerome Frossard
as Soldat commissionnaire
Michele Gleizer
as La Fermiere
Adrienne Bonnet
as Mme. Ichac
Georges Staquet
as Le Cure
Jean-Claude Calon
as Sergent zele
Marc Perrone
as Pochin
Arlette Gilbert
as Valentine
Pierre Trabaud
as Eugene Dilatoire
Bruno Raffaelli
as Maginot
Jean-Paul Comart
as Fagot
Marcel Zanini
as Leo
Nicolas Tronc
as Soldier Lefevre
Sangoma Everett
as Drummer
Bruno Therasse
as Rougeaud
Eric Dufay
as Soldat train
Gilles Janeyrand
as Sous-Officier
Jean-Christophe Lebert
as L'Amnesique
Louis Lyonnet
as Valentin
Mike Zwerin
as Jennings
Philippe Uchan
as Legless Man
François Caron
as Julien
Daniel Langlet
as Monsieur Lohac
Gabriel Cattand
as Prof. Mortier
Jean Champion
as Lagrange
Louba Guertchikoff
as La Femme aux yeux bleus
Mickey Baker
as Banjo jazz
Philippe Deplanche
as Lecordier
Pascal Elso
as L'Aveugle
Christophe Odent
as Poirleau
Frederique Meininger
as Mme. Lebegue


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