LIFE AND NOTHING BUT
LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE
1989, MGM Repertory, 135 min, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

At the end of World War I, the aging Major Dellaplane (Philippe Noiret) has been given the soul-numbing job of matching 350,000 missing French soldiers with their families' descriptions. When haughty Parisian Irene (Sabine Azema) arrives searching for her missing husband, the two strike up an unusual, increasingly tender relationship in the midst of the bleakest of aftermaths. In French with English subtitles.


THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER
La princesse de Montpensier
2010, Sundance Selects Films, 139 min, France, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

It is France 1562, and heiress Marie de Mézières (Melanie Thierry) loves the young Duc de Guise, known infamously as “Scarface” (Gaspard Ulliel), but is instead forced to marry the Prince of Montpensier for political reasons. When the new princess is sequestered in an isolated castle in the countryside, she becomes caught up in a violent, passionate rivalry between the many men who wish to claim her as their prize. In French with English subtitles.

"Tavernier's helming here is as elegantly fluid as his best work, weaving historical weft with private warp with the same seamlessness he achieved in LIFE AND NOTHING BUT." – Variety.


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