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Life Is A Long Quiet River [DVD]


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  • Directors: Etienne Chatieliez
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UEGZAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Etienne Chatiliez s satirical comedy tells the story of two babies accidentally switched at birth. One goes on to live with an upper middle class family while the other to a poor one. Twelve years later, the mistake is discovered...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 24 Jan 2010
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This has to be one of my favourite films since first seeing it in 1988.

A posh, pretentious family and a bunch of slobs are brought together by circumstance. A vengeful nurse in the maternity ward swapped their newborn babies at birth, and the truth has just emerged. The two families, their contrasting lifestyles and their homes are portrayed with great humour and at the same time a gentle affection.

The minor characters are superbly written and acted......the guitar-playing would- be trendy priest, the excitable Asian grocer, the downtrodden maidservant, the sadistic primary teacher, all add to the texture.

Although the story has a serious subtext of social inequality, the film can be watched just for fun.

If like me you love the North of France (Lille, Roubaix ,Tourcoing) then you will probably already have seen it. If not, what are you waiting for?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Chung on 14 Oct 2009
Two French families in the 60s (?) two contrasting classes and values suddenly thurst together by Momo - the child who got swapped and now become the go-between. Warm and funny. Love Momo. Who can resist?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moon Goddess on 1 Mar 2011
The first time I watched this movie was... ten years ago, at school, in our Sociology class.

Two children have been swapped at the hospital by a nurse. They are raised in two opposite families. A rich, religious and well-educated family for the first. A horrible, ill-educated family of parasits for the second.

The interaction between these two extremes is caricatured. The humour is very dark and can be felt as slightly disturbing at times. The characters are all lively and expressive but, in the end, you will probably only appreciate the movie for its humour if you have a craving for that very particular type of cynic comedy.

Apart from that, Life is a long quiet river shows the different parameters which will influence a being : the power of blood, the way we have been raised and the influence of others.

This is a social satyre which points out how nature and nurture inextricably mingle.
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