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La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille

La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille
Praline Le Moult

Praline Le Moult

Screen Time: 15%
Role: Emmanuelle Le Quesnoy
Age: 7 years old
Jean-Brice Van Keer

Jean-Brice Van Keer

Screen Time: 15%
Role: Mathieu Le Quesnoy
Age: 11 years old
Emmanuel Grendrier

Emmanuel Grendrier

Screen Time: 25%
Role: Pierre Le Quesnoy
Age: 15 years old
Valérie Lalonde

Valérie Lalonde

Screen Time: 35%
Role: Bernadette Le Quesnoy
Age: 10 years old
Benoît Magimel

Benoît Magimel

Screen Time: 50%
Role: Maurice 'Momo' Groseille
Age: 12 years old

 

La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille

1987
Life Is a Long Quiet River
Rating: 7 (4 votes)
Directed: Étienne Chatiliez
Country: France
Language: French
Genre: Comedy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096386

Summary

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.

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"Life is a Long Quiet River" is sort of a straight version of that Bette Midler-Lily Tomlin comedy "Big Business," pre-pubescent-style.

      This French satire is a compendium of sequences loosely telling the story of how a vengeful nurse's spiteful act has repercussions for two families — one upper middle-class and one poor — some 12 years later.

      The nurse switches newborns because she's angry with the doctor who delivered them — they're having an affair and he treats her quite badly. Then, 12 years later, when his wife dies and he refuses to marry her, she informs the families of her earlier action.

      So the young boy in the poor family, who has become a smoking, drinking petty thief, is taken in by the well-to-do family, a strict, straight-laced Catholic brood. The result is rather predictable chaos.

      Some of this is moderately amusing, some rather coarse, with a great many characters, most of whom are skimmed too superficially. The result is a movie with something to say about genetics vs. environment, but which doesn't say it particularly well.