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It All Starts Today

7.5
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Original title
Ça commence aujourd'hui
Year
Running time
107 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Dominique Sampiero, Tiffany Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier
Music
Louis Sclavis
Cinematography
Alain Cloquart
Cast
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Producer
Les Films Alain Sarde / Little Bear / TF1 Films Production
Genre
Drama | Education. Childhood. Social Drama. Job/Employment
Synopsis / Plot
Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were closed. When their parents fall into utter discouragement or even poverty because of prolonged unemployment, the children suffer the consequences. Daniel is confronted daily with difficult situations and he feels responsible to deal with them although they are outside the scope of his responsibilities. This is a frustrating task: politicians are concerned with tightening their budgets, bureaucrats in the intricate web of French social and educational services with their prerogatives, utility companies with getting their bills paid; teachers, social workers, and policemen are overwhelmed. Daniel's relations with his parents, but also with Valeria, his fiancée, and her son are not entirely smooth either. He nevertheless soldiers on with the staff of the kindergarten, all doing their best to educate the children of a severely disrupted society.
Awards
1999: Berlin Film Festival: International Critic Award FIPRESCI, Honourable Mention
1999: César Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Torreton)
1999: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Philippe Torreton)
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