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Genre  Drama, Romance
Language  French
7.8/10 IMDb

Director  Claude Sautet
Music director  Philippe Sarde
Country  France
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Release date  13 March 1970 (1970-03-13)
Based on  Intersection by Paul Guimard
Writer  Sandro Continenza (dialogue: Italian version), Jean-Loup Dabadie (adaptation), Paul Guimard (novel), Paul Guimard (screenplay), Claude Sautet (adaptation)
Screenplay  Claude Sautet, Paul Guimard, Jean-Loup Dabadie, Sandro Continenza
Cast  Michel Piccoli (Pierre Bérard), Romy Schneider (Hélène), Lea Massari (Catherine Bérard), Jean Bouise (François), Gérard Lartigau (Bertrand Bérard), Boby Lapointe (Le bétailleur)
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The Things of Life (French: Les Choses de la vie) is a 1970 French film directed by Claude Sautet. It is based on the novel Intersection by Paul Guimard. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival. The film was a success in France with 2,959,682 admissions becoming the 8th highest earning film of the year. It was released by Compagnie Française de Distribution Cinématographique in France and Columbia Pictures in the United States.


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In the French countryside on a summer morning, a lorry full of pigs stalls at a crossroads. An Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint swerves to avoid it and crashes into an orchard, hurling the driver onto the grass. As he loses consciousness, he revisits the essential things which made up his life.

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A Paris architect in his forties driving to a meeting at Rennes, he had quarrelled with his lover Hélène the night before. They were due to leave together for a job he was offered in Tunis but he had not signed the documents. And he had agreed to take his teenage son Bertrand, who lived with his estranged wife Catherine, for a fortnight to the family's holiday home on the Île de Ré. Stopping at a café, he wrote a letter to Hélène calling everything off, but did not post it. Driving past a wedding, he realised that the letter was quite wrong and he should in fact marry Hélène, so giving a purpose to the rest of their lives.

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Rushed to hospital in Le Mans, he does not recover and Catherine as his widow is given his effects, including the unsent letter which she tears to pieces. Hélène arrives at the hospital and is told by a nurse that she is too late.


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  • Michel Piccoli as Pierre Bérard
  • Romy Schneider as Hélène Haltig
  • Gérard Lartigau as Bertrand Bérard
  • Lea Massari as Catherine Bérard
  • Jean Bouise as François
  • Boby Lapointe as the driver of the animal transporter
  • Hervé Sand as the lorry driver
  • Jacques Richard as the nurse
  • Betty Beckers as the female hitchhiker
  • Dominique Zardi as the male hitchhiker
  • Awards

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  • 1969 Louis Delluc Prize: won
  • 1970 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or: nominated
  • Remake

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    The Things of Life was remade by director Mark Rydell in 1994 as Intersection with Richard Gere, Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich in the leading roles.

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