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Les Choses de la Vie1970

Les Choses de la Vie (1970)





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When a man is involved in a car accident, he begins to re-evaluate his life. Contemplating his life, his goals and the women in his life, he comes to the painful decision that he must make a choice between his wife and his mistress.

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Michel Piccoli
as Pierre Bérard
Lea Massari
as Catherine Bérard
Jean Bouise
as Francois
Boby Lapointe
as Driver of the Pig Truck
Herve Sand
as Truck Driver
Henri Nassiet
as Pierre's Father
Marcelle Arnold
as Helene's Mother
Roger Crouzet
as Promoter
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Helene's Father
Betty Beckers
as Hitchhiker
Dominique Zardi
as Hitchhiker
Jean Gras
as Building Site Foreman
Marie-Pierre Casey
as Postmistress
Gerard Streiff
as Motorcyclist
Max Amyl
as Priest
Raoul Delpard
as Ambulance Man
as Intern
as Policeman
as Policeman
Karine Jeantet
as Telephonist
Mme. Blome
as Customers at the Post Office
Mme. Duval
as Customers at the Post Office
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Critic Reviews for Les Choses de la Vie

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

One thing you can say for Sautet: he knew how to shoot a speeding automobile.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...there's plenty to enjoy, not least of which the multiple tense car scenes ... and the impressive stunt driving.

May 31, 2020 | Full Review…

If there is one thing that I will remember about "Les Choses..." is the incredible staging of the film's opening, the crash

May 23, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Under Sautet's direction, "The Things of Life (Les Choses de la Vie)" renders everyday events extraordinarily moving.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Les Choses de la Vie


"The Things of Life" starts with a bang with a horrific car crash in the country, followed by the testimony of the bystanders. The movie then rewinds to show how Pierre(Michel Piccoli) got there, starting with him waking up next to his younger girlfriend Helene(Romy Schneider). They are talking about moving to Tunis for three years. In return, he knows he would be giving up his old life which includes Francois(Jean Bouise), his best friend, father(Henri Nassiet) and grown son(Gerard Lartigau), an inventor. Of course, the car crash takes any kind of decision out of his hands, an event that might not have happened if he had been more committed to a course of action. We all know that everybody loves a car wreck and Pierre's life is no exception as he is at a crossroads in his life. So, the actions of the first half of the movie take on new meaning and importance with not only Pierre's survival at stake due to a cruel twist of fate.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The story itself is very simple, involving a man, his wife and his mistress. Whilst this story could come from any run of the mill drama of the time "La Choses de la Vie" manages to not only be emotional but also very effective. In fact there's alot to like here, we have some great acting from Piccoli and Schneider. Sautet is also inventive with flashbacks, dream scenes and slow motion which far from being gimmicky is extremely poetic and powerful. And to top it all of there is a beautiful soundtrack from Phillipe Sarde. A film which is bound to stay with you.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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