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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
Hélène Vincent ...
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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France's most successful movie of 1988 See more »

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Jésus Reviens
Written by Gérard Kawczynski
Performed by Patrick Bouchitey
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..... but it can become a little funny film
4 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

June 1987. Lille, in the North of France. Two families live in this big town. On one hand, the "Le Quesnoy", a wealthy family. The father is the manager of "EDF", the mother stays at home and the children are well brought up. On the other hand, the "Groseille" a poor family who lives in a small flat. The father took part in the Algerian War, the mother is listless and the children are delinquents. Apparently, these two families have got nothing in common. However, twelve years ago, two children have been exchanged by a nurse who was left by her lover. They will be given back to their real families..... .....and it won't be easy. It's Etienne Chatiliez's first film and it's very successful. The description of the two families is satirical and it never falls into the caricature. The "Le Quesnoy" are never showing signs of conceit or hypocrisy, they're even a bit ridiculous. The movie is very strong thanks to its actors who are mostly incredible: of course, the main actors :Hélène Vincent won the César for the best actress in 1989. Her portrait and some of her words are irresistible (it's monday, it's raviolis). Benoit Magimel who fits well in the role of Maurice. He's smart and impish. But the minor actors too: Patrick Bouchitey in his role of ecclesiastic, (The scene in which he sings "Jésus reviens etc..." during a party is absolutely brillant and funny, Daniel Gélin, a wistful doctor and a wicked lover. At last, the screenplay is full of little details or words that score the bull's eye. The best example is when Bernadette's spreading her soup on the table during a dinner which means that she doesn't belong to her family circle. To sum up: one of the funniest movies of the eighties.


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