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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michel Serrault ... Francis Bergeade

Eddy Mitchell ... Gérard 'Gégé' Tilier

Sabine Azéma ... Nicole Bergeade

Carmen Maura ... Dolores Thivart

François Morel ... Pouillaud
Guilaine Londez ... Zig Thivart
Virginie Darmon ... Puce Thivart
Alexandra London ... Géraldine Bergeade
Christophe Kourotchkine ... Rémi

Jean Bousquet ... Père Léonard

Eric Cantona ... Lionel - un rugbyman
Joël Cantona ... Nono

Catherine Jacob ... Lolotte - la femme d' André
Daniel Russo ... André - le patron de l'hôtel-restaurant
Roger Gicquel ... Charles - un animateur TV

Patrick Bouchitey ... Jean-Paul de Lépine dit J.P - le producteur TV

Yolande Moreau ... Lucette - une ouvrière
Seloua Hamse ... Yasmina

Serge Hazanavicius ... Alexis Legoff
Marie Vinoy ... Cecilia
Olivier Saladin ... Car Showroom Customer
Karine Zulic ... Lison (as Karine Zulich)

Isabelle Nanty ... Worker
Eric Challier ... The Molossian
Alain Choquet ... Doctor
Corine Vauville-Tatie ... Pouillaud's Mother
Gilles Treton ... C.G.T. Delegate
Annie Lemoine ... Marie-Sophie
Seiji Taeshima ... Rituzo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Barbier ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Étienne Chatiliez 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Florence Quentin 

Produced by
Charles Gassot .... producer
Original Music by
Pascal Andreacchio 
Cinematography by
Philippe Welt 
Film Editing by
Anne Lafarge 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Art Direction by
Stéphane Makedonsky 
Set Decoration by
Denis Barbier 
Costume Design by
Edith Vesperini 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... makeup artist
Pascale Bouquière .... makeup artist
Agathe Moro .... hair stylist
Jasmine Nakache .... makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Chevalier .... production manager
Jean-Pascal Gautier .... unit manager trainee
Jean-Daniel Gilvestre .... unit manager trainee
Alexandre Kol .... unit manager trainee
Gilles Loutfi .... unit production manager
Antoine Moussault .... unit manager
Bruno Nizzola .... unit manager trainee
Stephane Quatrehomme .... unit manager
Trystram Sylvain .... unit manager trainee
Anne Valentini .... unit manager trainee
Bruno Vatin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ana Ayesta .... second assistant director
Denis Bergonhe .... assistant director
Sandra Dalle .... second assistant director
Patricia Eberhard .... assistant director
Gérald Hustache-Mathieu .... trainee assistant director
Sonia Larue .... second assistant director
Art Department
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Thierry Chavenon .... second assistant art director
Carlos Conti .... art department coordinator
Alain Mac Keldey .... props
Philippe Lacomblez .... first assistant decorator
Franck Miniconi .... head painter
Manuel Mougin .... props
Sound Department
Aline Bernard .... audio producer
Clemence Bielov .... chief sound editor
Raphaël Girardot .... assistant sound editor
François Groult .... sound
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Eric Thomas .... first assistant sound
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... foley mixer
Jean Umansky .... sound
Visual Effects by
Thomas Duval .... digital artist
Christophe Richard .... digital artist
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Roland Neunreuther .... stunts
Alain Villain .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jérôme Alméras .... second assistant camera
Jacques Anquelle .... chief electrician
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Pascal Froehly .... electrician
Pascal Gennesseaux .... camera operator
Nicolas Herdt .... first assistant camera
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Emile Laisné .... key grip
Jacques Monge .... steadicam operator
Laurent Robert .... electrician
Stéphane Rouillon .... grip
Casting Department
Pascale Béraud .... extras casting director
Nathalie Guillaume .... extras casting
Isabel Petitgas .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thierry Delettre .... key costumer
Françoise Malgouris .... costumer
Laurence Nicolas .... costumer
Editorial Department
Martine Laplaine .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Albane Penaranda .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Marie-Antoinette Briand .... location manager
Bruno Charton .... location manager
Yannick Luce .... location manager
Other crew
Denise Anderson .... production staff
Sylvie François .... production secretary
Yann Nerot .... administrator
Kim Nguyen .... script supervisor trainee
Anne Olivier .... administration trainee
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Sophie Thévenet-Becker .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Le bonheur est dans le pré" - France (original title)
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106 min
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fairy tale, 15 December 2002

The most delightful daydream has always been the one in which you're put into an environment completely different from the one you know, and you become much happier as a result. In the cinema, this has resulted in some classics: A Yankee in King Arthur's Court comes to mind, or Chatiliez's first film, La vie est une longue fleuve tranquille, which hangs on two babies being switched at birth, and the families find out about it many years later.

This picture has the great Michel Serrault playing the lead, a frustrated businessman who is mistaken for a man who disappeared many years before, and who is tracked down via a TV show that specializes in this sort of squirm-inducing hokum. He's only too glad to abandon the snobby, sarcastic wife (Sabine Azema) he's spent miserable years with, to go live with Carmen Maura in the sun of Provence. There is the sense that the dream cannot go on forever, but you enjoy how the story plays out.

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