Life and Nothing But (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 14, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 135 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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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.

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corpse, French [nationality], identity, post-war, soldier, tomb, war