Life is a Long Quiet River

La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Étienne Chatiliez, 1988, France, 90 min, DCP, color
With Patrick Bouchitey, Catherine Jacob, André Wilms, Hélène Vincent, Benoît Magimel
In French with English subtitles

Three César Awards in 1989 (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best First Feature Film, Best Female Newcomer)

An outrageously wicked comedy about two families from award-winning filmmaker Étienne Chatiliez, this fast-paced satire became the most popular French comedy of the 1980s. When the radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys, with their immaculate children and perfect manners, are thrown together with the grubby, disreputable Groseilles, they discover that their babies were actually switched at birth twelve years prior!

This is my family’s favorite film, one that I must have seen at least 30 times. I was 10 when it first came out, and I’ve never forgotten the unshakable image of the Groseille and Le Quesnoy families. The film’s signature song, « Jésus Reviens, » has stuck with me too, so much so that I love to sing it when the opportunity arises!” – Jeanne Cherhal