Live for Life (Vivre pour vivre) (1967): Lelouch’s Oscar-Nominated Romance, starring Yves Montand, Candice Bergen, Annie Girardot

Claude Lelouch’s follow-up to his acclaimed Oscar winner, A Man and a Woman, was Live for Life (French: Vivre pour vivre), a tale of romantic triangle, starring Yves Montand, Candice Bergen and Annie Girardot.

Robert Colomb (Yves Montand) is a famous TV newscaster, married to Catherine (Annie Girardot), but he’s been unfaithful to her.

Upon meeting Candice (Candice Bergen), he takes her along on an assignment in Kenya, and later establishes an “arrangement” with her in Amsterdam.

When he is assigned to Vietnam, he tells Candice that their affair, which she acceptr as she is tired of him.

Returning from a Vietnamese prison, he decides to return to Catherine, but he discovers that she has made a new life for herself.

The film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the 1967 Best Foreign Language Film.

The film boasted a total of 2,936,035 admissions in France, thus becoming the year’s 7th highest-grossing film.

Yves Montand as Robert Colomb
Candice Bergen as Candice
Annie Girardot as Catherine Colomb
Irène Tunc as Mireille
Anouk Ferjac as Jacqueline
Uta Taeger as Lucie / Maid
Jean Collomb as Waiter
Michel Parbot as Michel
Amidou as Photographer
Jacques Portet as Candice’s friend / Photographer


Directed by Claude Lelouch
Written by Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven
Produced by Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine
Cinematography Patrice Pouget
Edited by Claude Barrois, Claude Lelouch
Music by Francis Lai
Distributed by United Artists
Release date 1967
Running time 130 minutes
Box office $400,000 (US)