Maj. Dellaplane (Philippe Noiret) is a military man in World War I who takes on the unenviable, emotionally painful task of sifting through the bodies of men killed in the Verdun countryside and helping their relatives identify them. The normally stoic Dellaplane sheds his steely façade, learning to give warmth to the people bereft by war -- and learning to heal himself along the way. Bertrand Tavernier directs this achingly beautiful film.

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