Directed by Claude Sautet • 1970 • France
Starring Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Lea Massari
Fatally injured after a car accident, Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a successful Parisian architect, sees his life flash before his eyes. As the memories of his past—in particular his passionate but turbulent on-again, off-again extramarital relationship with his mistress Hélène (Romy Schneider)—resurface, only now does he realize the importance of all the seemingly banal details of existence, of the everyday pleasures and sorrows that together make up life’s happiness. A breakout international hit, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (“The Things of Life”) launched director Claude Sautet to the front ranks of French cinema.