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Life is a Long Quiet River (1988) Blu-ray: Dark French humor

Arrow Films (USA) is releasing Director Etienne Chatillez’s fierce satire on French society and class, Life is a Long Quiet River (1988) on Blu-ray.

An outrageously wicked comedy about two families from award winning debut filmmaker Étienne Chatiliez, this fast-paced satire became the most popular French comedy of the decade.

The radiantly bourgeois Le Quesnoys with their immaculate children and perfect manners and the grubby, disreputable Groseilles are thrown together in absurd chaos by an act of revenge as they discover that twelve years prior their babies were switched at birth.

A witty send up of class relations and family ties, Life Is a Long Quiet River was celebrated with a host of trophies at France’s César Awards ceremony winning for best screenplay, best debut work and acting prizes for Héléne Vincent and Catherine Jacob.

Release date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Comedy

Disc and film details

  • Director: Étienne Chatiliez
  • Cast: Benoît Magimel, Hélène Vincent, Valérie Lalande
  • Country: France
  • Production Year: 1988
  • Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Formats: Color / 1.66:1
  • Audio: French
  • Subtitle: English
  • AKA: La vie est un long fleuve tranquille
  • Studio: Arrow Films (USA)

Special features

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Original Mono audio
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Archival interviews with director Étienne Chatiliez, actor André Wilms, co-writer/co-producer Florence Quentin and producer Charles Gassot
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow

Life is a Long Quiet River (1988) clip

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