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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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Country:

France

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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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Gross USA:

$194,456
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First collaboration between Catherine Jacob with Étienne Chatiliez. She will later appear in Auntie Danielle (1990) (1990) and Happiness Is in the Field (1995) (1995). See more »

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Remade as High Society (2017) See more »

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Jésus Reviens
Written by Gérard Kawczynski
Performed by Patrick Bouchitey
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A playfull comedy
2 September 2000 | by krn-2See all my reviews

The subject of two children being switched at birth could have easily been the canvas for a melodramatic movie. Instead of that, this work presents a playfull comedy where the clichés of society classes are scrutinized. The laughs are in the details, some dialogs are just memorable. And if the ending might seem a little unsettled, it has the intelligence of leaving questions and conclusions to the spectator about wealth and happiness.


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