Jean-Marc Simon, 61, works and lives in the Alsatian town of Selestat. He is a gravedigger; he does his job with tireless gusto, although he could have retired long ago. Simon is not a sad man. He enjoys life to a great extent and learned to deal with the odds of his job. » The dead do not harm you no more; it is the living that are evil.«, says the passionate drinker, whose fistfights have landed him in jail several times.