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It All Starts Today (1999)
"Ça commence aujourd'hui" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  12 March 1999 (France)
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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 ...
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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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$2,639 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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$12,348 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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The real Kindergarten cop
7 November 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"It All Starts Today" is an open ended slice-of-life tale which takes us into the world of a good-hearted, dedicated, and hard working French Kindergarten teacher who has a lot more on his plate than finger painting. Protag Daniel (Torrenton) not only teaches but runs interference for abused kids, wrestles with the local mayor for funding, contends with vandals, and juggles a host of economic, social, and school political issues all the while maintaining a relationship with his girl friend and her son. Though there isn't much of an arc to the story, this well crafted film does create a likeable character who shows us that the opportunity for heroism exists everywhere in life...even kindergarten. (B)


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