Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Things of Life (Les Choses de la vie)
After laboring in obscurity for several years, French filmmaker Claude Sautet finally struck a responsive chord with moviegoers in Les Choses de la Vie. The plot isn't much: the hero, businessman Michel Piccoli, must choose between his wife and his mistress, two women whom he loves with equal fervor. It is what Sautet does with the material that lifts the film above the ordinary. The director puts the central character's plight in context with his ongoing concerns over his job, his income, and his relationship with his family. In Choses de la Vie Sautet has nothing but the warmest feelings for his characters, which results in more three-dimensionality that might normally be expected in so banal a plotline.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated No Rating .
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Jean Bouise, Romy Schneider, Boby Lapointe, Gérard Lartigau
Produced by: Raymond Danon, Jean Bolvary, Roland Girard
Directed by: Claude Sautet
Written by: Jean-Loup Dabadie, Sandro Continenza
Running time: 1hr 29min
Opens: Aug 31, 1970 NY
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