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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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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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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

Language:

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)

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1.66 : 1
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France's most successful movie of 1988 See more »

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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 favorite French comedy, and one the funniest films I've seen
19 August 2001 | by toad-1See all my reviews

This film is perhaps my favorite French comic film. I have seen it over and over through the years, perhaps 50 times. Having lived in France, I relish it's send-up of two stereotypical French families and their attitudes and interactions with each other as well as with institutions: the church, schools, the medical profession, foreigners among them, etc. As I see it over and over, it is my delight to concentrate on one character or another as they delineate a stereotypical trait. The subtleties are hilarious, yet I can imagine those who have never lived among the French might be bewildered, even turned off.


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