Ciné-Club: La vie est un long fleuve tranquille

Ciné-Club: La vie est un long fleuve tranquille

Sunday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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Nature or nurture? Only time will tell in this social satire about a set of babies switched at birth and sent to live in two drastically different households. This week, we'll be discussing Étienne Chatiliez's bourgeois comedy: 

La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (1988)

Rent on YouTube, Google Play, or AppleTV

Two houses, completely unalike in dignity... Meet the Le Quesnoy's -They're a refined family with affluent tastes, impeccable manners, and a good future ahead of them. Now meet the Groseilles's - they're trashy, criminal-minded, and prone to a fair bit of ruckus. Only one thing links these two disparate homes - their youngest children, Momo and Bernadette, were switched at birth, with a Le Quesnoy ending up in the Groseilles household and vice versa. When the families eventually find out about the mixup, they decide to carry on as if nothing happened and continue raising the kids they were given. But will they conform to their adoptive settings? Or will their true nature come out, no matter what? 

A quirky family comedy and peppy social satire, Étienne Chatiliez's film is a charming dissection of class, circumstance, and the odd hypocrisies of family. Let's talk about it!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.