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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 overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Momo Groseille
Hélène Vincent ... Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy
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
André Wilms ... Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy
Christine Pignet Christine Pignet ... Madame Groseille
Maurice Mons 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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The film launched the career of Catherine Jacob and Benoît Magimel. See more »

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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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quality French farce
7 March 2002 | by seb101See all my reviews

Etienne Chatiliez is a director possessing a deft hand for comedy both cruel and subtle: think "Tatie Danielle" for the former and "Le bonheur est dans le pre" for a bit of the latter. La vie est un long fleuve tranquille is a hilarious examination of class-based comedy in the late 80s in France, with the time honoured "baby-switching" plot point to kick things off. Great performances allow a very funny film to sparkle on the screen. Highly recommended.


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France

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Release Date:

3 February 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é um Longo Rio Tranquilo See more »

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$194,456
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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