The Things of Life


1h 30m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Ein Unfall, wie er sich berall ereignet: Pierre, ein erfolgreicher Mitvierziger rast mit seinem Auto gegen einen Baum. In dem wattigen Traumzustand zwischen Unfall und Tod im Krankenhaus suchen ihn die letzten Erinnerungen heim: Die Trennung von seiner Freundin Helene, die Gedanken an seine ehemalige Frau Catherine, Erlebnisse mit seinem Freund und seinem Sohn.... Ein nicht abgeschickter Abschiedsbrief an Helene in seiner Tasche wird nach seinem Tod Catherine ausgehndigt. Doch Pierre wollte Helene nicht verlassen... Ein banaler Unfall, ein banaler Zufall, der die eine Frau flschlicherweise in tiefste Verzweiflung strzt und der anderen zu einem falschen Sieg verhilft. Banale, lcherliche, trgerische kleine Dinge des Lebens...

Film Details

Also Known As
Les choses de la vie
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Aug 1970
Production Company
Fida Cinematografica; Lira Films; Sonocam
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les choses de la vie by Paul Guimard (Paris, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

Pierre, a middle-aged architect, is having an affair with Hélène, who is much younger than he and does not understand his reluctance to abandon everything in his past. In spite of his love for Hélène, he still has strong feelings for his estranged wife, Catherine, their son François, and his elderly father. Hélène tries to persuade him to take her on a vacation to Tunisia so that they can be alone, but he evades the issue and instead promises to take François sailing at the family resort on Île de Ré. After a party at Hélène's home, she demands that Pierre make a decision about their future. While on a business trip in Rennes, he writes her a letter explaining that their relationship must end, but he changes his mind and decides not to mail it. On the way home, however, he has an automobile accident and dies. Catherine arrives at the hospital before Hélène and destroys the letter which she finds in Pierre's coat pocket.

Film Details

Also Known As
Les choses de la vie
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Aug 1970
Production Company
Fida Cinematografica; Lira Films; Sonocam
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les choses de la vie by Paul Guimard (Paris, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

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Notes

Opened in Paris in March 1970 as Les choses de la vie; running time: 88 min. Sources conflict in crediting assistant editor.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970