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La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (1988)

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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Momo Groseille
Valérie Lalande ...
Bernadette Le Quesnoy
Tara Römer ...
Million Groseille (as Tara Romer)
Jérôme Floch ...
Toc-Toc Groseille
Sylvie Cubertafon ...
Ghislaine
Emmanuel Cendrier ...
Pierre Le Quesnoy
Guillaume Hacquebart ...
Paul Le Quesnoy
Jean-Brice Van Keer ...
Mathieu Le Quesnoy
Praline Le Moult ...
Emmanuelle Le Quesnoy
Axel Vicart ...
Franck
Claire Prévost ...
Roselyne Groseille
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Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy
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Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy
Christine Pignet ...
Madame Groseille
Maurice Mons ...
Monsieur Groseille
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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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3 February 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida é um Longo Rio Tranquilo  »

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$194,456 (USA)
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C'est comme ça
Written and Composed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Performed by Christine Pignet and Claire Prévost
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A cleverly devised movie that captures perfectly dark French humor.
14 June 2002 | by (Northern Virginia) – See all my reviews

Unlike the feel good, "everything turns out for the best," "innate human goodness" fluff comedies that we see in the US, this film is based on the proposition that, under pressure, everyone falls to the level of the lowest common denominator.

Years in the past a scorned nurse/lover switched newborns to spite the doctor who was the subject of her ire. When it was revealed, in the present, that these families from opposite sides of the track had each raised the other's son to his early teens, they set about to make it right. After all, there was enough success to go around. Right?

Rather than bringing everyone up to the level of the wealthy politician's family, however, the children (siblings included) become a lot of foul mouthed, cigarette smoking, truants who enjoy their delinquent lives to the fullest. Naturally, the parents follow suit.

No one is immune. The film is a keeper, though the humor is decidedly French and some subtleties are likely lost in the translation.


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