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Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)

La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (original title)
Two babies are switched at birth. When the mistake is discovered 12 years later, it leads to complications in the lives of both families. One family is affluent, with dutiful and (... See full summary »

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Étienne Chatiliez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Momo Groseille
Valérie Lalande Valérie Lalande ... Bernadette Le Quesnoy
Tara Römer Tara Römer ... Million Groseille (as Tara Romer)
Jérôme Floch Jérôme Floch ... Toc-Toc Groseille
Sylvie Cubertafon Sylvie Cubertafon ... Ghislaine
Emmanuel Cendrier Emmanuel Cendrier ... Pierre Le Quesnoy
Guillaume Hacquebart Guillaume Hacquebart ... Paul Le Quesnoy
Jean-Brice Van Keer Jean-Brice Van Keer ... Mathieu Le Quesnoy
Praline Le Moult Praline Le Moult ... Emmanuelle Le Quesnoy
Axel Vicart Axel Vicart ... Franck
Claire Prévost Claire Prévost ... Roselyne Groseille
Hélène Vincent ... Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy
André Wilms ... Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy
Christine Pignet Christine Pignet ... Madame Groseille
Maurice Mons Maurice Mons ... Monsieur Groseille
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Storyline

Two babies are switched at birth. When the mistake is discovered 12 years later, it leads to complications in the lives of both families. One family is affluent, with dutiful and (apparently) contented children. The other family is poor, with rambunctious (even delinquent) children, often hungry, but with lots of laughter in the house. Written by <edgar@mps.ohio-state.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

3 February 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é um Longo Rio Tranquilo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$194,456
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Jacob had 6 days of shooting. See more »

Connections

References Sauvage et beau (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Paris en Colère
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Maurice Vidalin
Performed by Mireille Mathieu
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I personally liked it!
25 January 2001 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

I was quite surprised that many commenters didn't appreciate this film at all. I think you have to understand class differences in French society and the film's kind of satire in order to be able to enjoy the film. I personally loved it though I would have expected a real 'catastrophe' at the end. But I nevertheless liked the story and the characters, especially this very ridiculous, 'perfect' bourgeois family. I loved the scene where the father looks at the crying, completely desperate mother and the only thing that comes to his mind is to tell her: "Comme vous êtes belle ce soir!" (How beautiful you are this evening!)

Probably Americans are not so familiar with this kind of black, but also at times subtle humor and this is why the reactions were so bad.


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