Life Is a Long Quiet River 1988
La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (original title)
1h 30min | Comedy | 3 February 1988 (France)
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.
True, this is not the best movie ever made. It is, however, extremely funny. One cannot truly realize why this is such a ridiculous movie until they know the the french culture. It is not a study in the class differences, it is to exaggerate the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum. The rich family is so stable it is almost hokey, and the poor family is so dysfunctional that they are almost stable. All of the comments about life are only to exaggerate the situation. I particularly love the scene in the church with the musical, it just goes to show how silly things can be. I don’t watch this movie over and over for the plot, I watch it because every time you see it you notice something now that is characteristically French. Personally, I think it is great.
Director: Étienne Chatiliez
Writers: Étienne Chatiliez, Florence Quentin
Stars: Benoît Magimel, Hélène Vincent, Valérie Lalande
Language: French | English
Release Date: 3 February 1988 (France)
Also Known As: Life Is a Long Quiet River
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 5.74 GiB
Duration : 1 h 31 min
Overall bit rate : 9 012 kb/s