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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.

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Sandro Continenza (dialogue: Italian version), Jean-Loup Dabadie (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Pierre Bérard
Romy Schneider ... Hélène
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Bertrand Bérard
Jean Bouise ... François
Boby Lapointe Boby Lapointe ... Le bétailleur
Hervé Sand Hervé Sand ... Le camionneur
Jacques Richard Jacques Richard ... L'infirmier
Betty Beckers Betty Beckers ... L'autostoppeuse
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... L'autostoppeur
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... Guitte
Roger Crouzet Roger Crouzet ... Le promoteur
Henri Nassiet Henri Nassiet ... M. Bérard, le père de Pierre
Claude Confortès Claude Confortès ... Le docteur
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Le prétendant
Jean Gras Jean Gras ... Georges, le chef de chantier
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Official French Entry, Cannes Film Festival

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Switzerland | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Things of Life See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,063
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Six months'preparation. The sequence of the accident took ten days to film. The film inspired a song performed by Frida Boccara (theme by Telemann): "L'année où Piccoli jouait les Choses de la Vie" See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

La Chanson D'Hélène
Music by Philippe Sarde, Lyrics by Jean-Loup Dabadie
Performed by Jean-Michel Defaye Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Romy Schneider with Michel Piccoli speaking
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Claude Sautet always Claude Sautet...
20 May 2004 | by shatguintruoSee all my reviews

By watching this 1969 movie, I have just confirmed my opinion about Claude Sautet: that's one Director that takes the expectator "inside the scene" (As seen in his latest work: Nelly and Mr.Arnaud). He has this ability that allows him to "extract" the most of his characters in the psychologic aspect, by showing all the range of their feelings...Take the scene where Pierre Berard (portrayed by Michel Piccoli) tells Héléne (played by Romy Schneider) of his sudden decision of no longer accompany her on a trip planned ages ago. Another scene that worths appears in a record as a "Death Scenes Hall of Fame" is the one in which Pierre lays on the grass, his thoughs exposed as the expectator follows him, in all his emotional suffering. Claude Sautet: a Director that deserves having his name written in the "Hall of Fame of the Greatest Directors of All Times". As an "homage" to him, in a scale of 10, I grade this film 9.


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