Life Is a Long Quiet River
|Life Is a Long Quiet River|
|Directed by||Étienne Chatiliez|
|Music by||Gérard Kawczynski|
|Edited by||Chantal Delattre|
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.
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.
- Benoît Magimel as Momo Groseille
- Valérie Lalonde as Bernadette Le Quesnoy
- Tara Römer as Million Groseille (as Tara Romer)
- Jérôme Floch as Toc-Toc Groseille
- Sylvie Cubertafon as Ghislaine
- 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
- Hélène Vincent as Madame Marielle Le Quesnoy
- André Wilms as Monsieur Jean Le Quesnoy
- Christine Pignet as Madame Groseille
- Maurice Mons as Monsieur Groseille
- Catherine Jacob as Marie-Thérèse
- Catherine Hiegel as Josette
The film received 7 nominations at the César Awards :
|César Award||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||Hélène Vincent||Won|
|César Award for Most Promising Actress||Catherine Jacob||Won|
|César Award for Best Debut||Étienne Chatiliez||Won|
|César Award for Best Writing||Étienne Chatiliez
|César Award for Best Film||Étienne Chatiliez||Nominated|
|César Award for Best Supporting Actor||Patrick Bouchitey||Nominated|
|César Award for Best Costume Design||Elisabeth Tavernier||Nominated|
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- Aubron, Arnaud (2009-08-12). "" Neuilly sa mère " : le cinéma est un long fleuve tranquille (Neuilly sa mère: cinema is a long quiet river)". Rue 89. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- "" Neuilly sa mère ! ", un Groseille chez Sarko". Libération. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
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