Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)

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A revengeful nurse switches a girl and a boy at birth. They are raised in two radically different families. When the switch is revealed many years later, the now teenagers and families need to cope with their new environments.




  • Daniel Gélin and Catherine Hiegel in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
  • Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
  • Benoît Magimel in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
  • Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
  • Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)
  • Valérie Lalande in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988)

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Étienne Chatiliez


Étienne Chatiliez, Florence Quentin

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25 January 2001 | meitschi
| I personally liked it!
I was quite surprised that many commenters didn't appreciate this film at all. I think you have to understand class differences in French society and the film's kind of satire in order to be able to enjoy the film. I personally loved it though I would have expected a real 'catastrophe' at the end. But I nevertheless liked the story and the characters, especially this very ridiculous, 'perfect' bourgeois family. I loved the scene where the father looks at the crying, completely desperate mother and the only thing that comes to his mind is to tell her: "Comme vous êtes belle ce soir!" (How beautiful you are this evening!)

Probably Americans are not so familiar with this kind of black, but also at times subtle humor and this is why the reactions were so bad.

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3 February 1988


French, English

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