Life and Nothing But
Life and Nothing But

Life and Nothing But

Director Bertrand Tavernier

Production year 1989

Length 135min.

Country France


January, 1920. 350,000 French soldiers remain missing in action. Major Dellaplane tirelessly matches the dead and the wounded with families' descriptions. Honor and ethics drive him; he hates the idea of "the unknown soldier." Into his sector, looking for her husband, comes a haughty, politically connected Parisian, Madame IrՌne de Courtil. After he finds a surprising connection between her missing husband and a local teacher, IrՌne makes Dellaplane an offer. This man of action hesitates: has he missed his only chance?


Best not-English film | BAFTA Film Awards, UK, 1990

Best Actor, Best Music | Cesar Awards, France, 1990

David for Best Foreign Actor | David di Donatello Awards, Italy, 1990

Best Actor, Special Jury Prize | European Film Awards, , 1990

Best Artistic Contribution Award | Tokyo IFF, Japan, 1989


Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier



Frederic Bourboulon, Rene Cleitman, Albert Prevost


Jean Cosmos, Bertrand Tavernier

Director of Photography

Bruno de Keyzer

Production designer

Guy-Claude Fransois

Music by

Oswald d'Andrea


Armand Psenny


Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azռma, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier, Franջois Perrot

Production company(ies)

achette Premiere AB Films Little Bear, Films A2, Sofinergie 1 Investimage, Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC)

Bertrand Tavernier

Born 1941, Lyon, France. French director, screenwriter, actor and producer Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since he was thirteen or fourteen years old. The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1974) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin IFF. He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of two Cesar Awards. His film The Princess of Montpensier, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes IFF.


The Kisses (segment “Baiser de Judas”, 1963,), Chance at Love/La chance et l’amour (segment “Une chance explosive”, 1964), The Clockmaker of Saint Paul (1974), Let Joy Rign Supreme/Que la fՍte commence...(1975), The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Spoiled Children (1977), Death Watch (1980), Uns semaine de vacances (1980), Coup de torchon (1981), Philippe Soupault (1982, TV doc.), Cinռ citron (1983, short), La 8Ռme gռnռration (1983, short), Mississippi Blues (1983), A Sunday in the Country (1984), Round Midnight (1986), Beatrice/La passion Beatice (1987), Lyon, Inside out (1988, TV doc.), Life and Nothing But (1989), Daddy Nostalgia (1990), Contre l’oublie (segment “Pour Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Myanma”, 1991), La guerre sans nome (1992, doc.), L.627 (1991), D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994), The Bait (1995), La lettre (1996, TV), Captain Conan (1996), The Other Side of the Tracks (1997, TV doc.), It All Starts Today (1999), Les enfants de ThiՌs (2001, TV) Stories of Shattered Lives: The Double Sorrow of Lyon (2001), Safe Conduct/Laissez-passer (2002), Holy Lola (2004), In the Electric Mist (2009), The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

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