DirectorEtienne Chatiliez Featured songJesus Reviens Duration LanguageFrench
Release date3 February 1988 (1988-02-03) WriterEtienne Chatiliez, Florence Quentin CastBenoît Magimel (Momo Groseille), Valérie Lalande (Bernadette Le Quesnoy), Catherine Hiegel (Josette), Daniel Gélin (Docteur Mavial), Hélène Vincent (Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy), André Wilms (Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy) Similar moviesCatherine Jacob and Andre Wilms appear in Life Is a Long Quiet River and Tatie Danielle
Life Is a Long Quiet River (French: La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille) is a 1988 French comedy film directed by Étienne Chatiliez
In a maternity clinic two children from families with completely different social backgrounds are switched at birth. One goes on to live in an upper-middle-class family while the other to a poor family. Twelve years later, the mistake is discovered and the child living with the poor family is taken back by his parents, but keeps in touch with his former family and makes them encounter his new brothers and sisters. A series of satirical and comedic scenes follow.
Benoît Magimel as Momo Groseille
Valérie Lalonde as Bernadette Le Quesnoy
Hélène Vincent as Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy
André Wilms as Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy
Tara Römer as Million Groseille (as Tara Romer)
Jérôme Floch as Toc-Toc Groseille
Sylvie Cubertafon as Ghislaine
Catherine Jacob as Marie-Thérèse
Catherine Hiegel as Josette
Emmanuel Cendrier as Pierre Le Quesnoy
Guillaume Hacquebart as Paul Le Quesnoy
Jean-Brice Van Keer as Mathieu Le Quesnoy
Praline Le Moult as Emmanuelle Le Quesnoy
Axel Vicart as Franck
Claire Prévost as Roselyne Groseille
Christine Pignet as Madame Groseille
Maurice Mons as Monsieur Groseille
Due in part to the film's being shown on French television rather often, it has gained a sort of cult following among young French people. The song 'Jésus Reviens' sung at church in the film is instantly recognisable to many French youth as a key example of the film's many satirical digs at the French Catholic bourgeois culture in the era it was filmed.
The 2009 film Neuilly sa mère ! was heavily influenced by Life is a Long Quiet River.
The film received 7 nominations at the César Awards :