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La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (Life Is a Long Quiet River) (1988)

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Life is a Long Quiet River is the satirically philosophical title for this French domestic comedy. Borrowing a page from The Corsican Brothers, the film begins with a castoff mistress spitefully switching a pair of newborn babies at the maternity ward managed by her doctor lover. As a result, the daughter (Valerie Lalande) of a family of tramps and thieves is raised in a comfy bourgeois household, while the lowlife family ends up with the middle-class family's offspring (Benoit Magimel). Twelve years after the fact, the discarded mistress confesses to her misdeed. The mistress' ex-lover, doctor Daniel Gelin, tries to set things right, with hilariously disastrous consequences. Director Etie Chatiliez had received his training in French TV commercials, so it's not surprising that Life is a Long Quiet River is a string of anecdotes and punchlines. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Daniel Gélin
as Docteur Mavial
Valerie Lalande
as Bernadette
André Wilms
as Jean Le Quesnoy
Hélène Vincent
as Marielle Le Quesnoy
Christine Pignet
as Mme. Groseille
Maurice Mons
as M. Groseille
Patrick Bouchitey
as Pere Auberger
Tara Romer
as Million
Jerome Floch
as Toc-Toc
Catherine Jacob
as Maid-servant
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