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It All Starts Today (1999)

Ça commence aujourd'hui (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Daniel Lefebvre
Maria Pitarresi ...
Valeria
Nadia Kaci ...
Samia Damouni
Véronique Ataly ...
Mrs. Lienard
Nathalie Bécue ...
Cathy
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Mrs. Tievaux
Françoise Bette ...
Mrs. Delacourt
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Mrs. Baudoin
Christina Crevillén ...
Sophie
Sylviane Goudal ...
Gloria
Didier Bezace ...
Inspector
Betty Teboulle ...
Mrs. Henry
Gérard Giroudon ...
Mayor
Marief Guittier ...
Daniel's mother
Daniel Delabesse ...
Marc
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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 ... Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@nokia.com>

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12 March 1999 (France)  »

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$2,639 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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$12,348 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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Co-screenwriter Dominique Sampiero was Bertrand Tavernier's son-in-law. He was also a headmaster and drew on over 20 years experience for the screenplay. See more »

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20 February 2001 | by (HERTFORD, England) – See all my reviews

With a definite nod to Loach, Tavernier has produced an excellent educational tale. A film that manages to be depressing, heartwarming, and will have you tearing your heart out. Perhaps a tad sentimental ending, but it carries the message and narrative well.

An eye-opener, because it shows a side of France barely shown by cinema aside from the likes of "La Haine".


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