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The Things of Life (1970)

Les choses de la vie (original title)
A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gérard Lartigau ...
Bertrand Bérard
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François
Boby Lapointe ...
Le bétailleur
Hervé Sand ...
Le camionneur
Jacques Richard ...
L'infirmier
Betty Beckers ...
L'autostoppeuse
Dominique Zardi ...
L'autostoppeur
Gabrielle Doulcet ...
Guitte
Roger Crouzet ...
Le promoteur
Henri Nassiet ...
M. Bérard, le père de Pierre
Claude Confortès ...
Le docteur
Jerry Brouer ...
Le prétendant
Jean Gras ...
Georges, le chef de chantier
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Pierre, a successful engineer in building highways has a traffic accident. Being seriously wounded, he is lying waiting for death and remembering his past in flashbacks. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Official French Entry, Cannes Film Festival

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13 March 1970 (France)  »

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Trivia

The extensive car accident sequence took 10 days to film. See more »

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In the car crash scene, the stunt double for Michel Piccoli is seen wearing brown gloves in close-ups. However Piccoli is bare-handed while driving. See more »

Quotes

Hélène: Tu m'aimes parce que je suis là. Mais s'il faut traverser la rue pour me rejoindre tu es perdu.
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La Mort
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by Jean-Michel Defaye Et Son Orchestre
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Fork in the road
3 November 2003 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

A typical 70's drama, something that still gets its way when it comes to touch that emotional key in us (Or some of us) and makes us long for that passionate love story, without a tragic end of course. Through a filter of pastel tones, Sautet portrays the typical struggle many have put themselves through to fork onto a secondary sentimental route in life, thinking they can have it both ways. Albeit its apparent sappy tone, Les Choses de la Vie is an intense mature story of love and sacrifice, a double one at the end.

I find European dramas very attractive, perhaps because they portray a kind of no-frills passion that is very hard to come across nowadays, both in movies and in reality. A movie like this surely has its clichés, the dual life, the regrets, the tragic death but in this movie Sautet is a wizard in enfolding the viewer with a very bitter-sweet sequence of happy yet solemn flashbacks. Pedro Lazaga's Largo Retorno (1975) happens to be similar in the way the relationship between the two main characters comes to an end (The memories, the sorrow, the death), granted in Les Choses de la Vie there is a three-way story. Both Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider fit perfectly in the above scheme of things.

Just like in Largo Retorno, a very somber yet passionate baroque score complements the entire movie, leaving us with a soggy handkerchief at the end.


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