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12 March 1999 (France) See more »
Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Philippe Torreton ... Daniel Lefebvre
Maria Pitarresi ... Valeria
Nadia Kaci ... Samia Damouni
Véronique Ataly ... Mrs. Lienard
Nathalie Bécue ... Cathy

Emmanuelle Bercot ... Mrs. Tievaux
Françoise Bette ... Mrs. Delacourt

Christine Citti ... 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
Jean-Claude Frissung ... Director's colleague
Thierry Gibault ... Police inspector
Philippe Meyer ... Council member
Gerald Cesbron ... Mr. Henry
Michelle Goddet ... Beaten child's mother
Stefan Elbaum ... Beaten child's uncle
Nathalie Desprez ... Mrs. Bry

Françoise Miquelis ... Mrs. Duhem
Frédéric Richard ... Mr. Bacheux
Johanne Cornil-Leconte ... Mrs. Bacheux
Sylvie Delbauffe ... Woman with baby
Lambert Marchal ... Rémi
Kelly Mercier ... Laetitia
Mathieu Lenne ... Jimmy
Rémi Henneuse ... Kevin
Corinne Aghte ... Mrs. Paquotte
Dominique Bouchard ... Doctor
Benoît Constant ... Daniel's father
Patrick Courteix ... Mrs. Henry's neighbor
Véronique Dargent ... Mrs. Loiseau
Valérie Dermagne ... Nurse
Lilyane Discret ... Young mother
Leila Duhem ... Mrs. Polliaert
Yamina Duvivier ... Mrs. Chimot
Séverine Fernand ... Angeline's mother
Catherine Gorosz ... Mrs. Daumise
Christophe Guichet ... Daniel's brother
Nadia Ikisse ... Mrs. Mimouni
Marie-Madeleine Langlois ... Neighbour's wife
Nelly Larachiche ... Mrs. Legrand
France Leroy ... Café owner
Claude Liénard ... Mrs. Henry's doctor
Marcelle Loutre ... Guegdan's mother
Jacky Meunier ... Valeria's father
Cécile Montagnon ... Mrs. Lamart
Michèle Niewrzeda ... Mrs. Bornat
Vincenza Orologio ... Valeria's mother
Marie-Françoise Prette ... Mrs. Marchal
Linda Prudhomme ... Mrs. Dupuis
Monique Quivy ... Dining hall lady
Claude Ronnaux ... Colleague
Françoise Sage ... Mrs. Mériaux
Pascale Verdière ... Nanny
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Directed by
Bertrand Tavernier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dominique Sampiero  writer
Bertrand Tavernier  writer
Tiffany Tavernier  writer

Produced by
Frédéric Bourboulon .... producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Sclavis 
Cinematography by
Alain Choquart 
Film Editing by
Sophie Brunet 
Art Direction by
Thierry François 
Costume Design by
Marpessa Djian 
Makeup Department
Beya Gasmi .... key hair stylist
Agnès Tassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Benoît Charrie .... unit manager
Sébastien Coulet .... assistant unit manager
François Hamel .... production manager
Olivier Lagny .... assistant unit manager
Henry Le Turc .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Abela .... first assistant director
Sylvie Confolent .... assistant director
Fanny Etienne .... assistant director
Tiffany Tavernier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Denis Bourgier .... property buyer
François Decaux .... first assistant decorator
Paul Decaux .... property master
Sylvie Grand d'Esnon .... head painter
Gabriel Passajou .... construction manager
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Chauvet .... sound assistant
Michel Desrois .... sound
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Didier Lizé .... sound engineer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Elisabeth Paquotte .... sound editor
Alain Primot .... assistant sound editor
Christian Riffard .... post-production audio
Eric Tisserand .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Éric Alirol .... electrician
Christophe Asselin .... second assistant camera
Albert Bonomi .... key grip
Marc Casi .... grip
Philippe Deneau .... gaffer
Arnaud Desbuquois .... grip
Christian Inizan .... gaffer
Alain Martigny .... electrician
Philippe Renaud .... first assistant camera (as Philippe Renaut)
Xavier Tauveron .... assistant camera: second unit
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
Editorial Department
Florence Dard .... post-production coordinator
Olivier Fontenay .... color timer
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Guillaume Lebel .... trainee assistant editor
Sophie Mandonnet .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jean-François Canape .... musician: Trumpet and bugle
Bruno Chevillon .... musician: contrabasse
Christophe Marguet .... musician: drums
Jean Pepeck .... orchestra leader
François Raulin .... musician: piano
Yves Robert .... musician: trombone
Louis Sclavis .... musician: Clarinets and Saxophones
Other crew
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais .... production administrator
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... groupman
Phil Hall .... film publicist
Agnès Le Pont .... general administrator
Florence Loubeau .... production secretary
Zoe Zurstrassen .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ça commence aujourd'hui" - France (original title)
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117 min
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Swift-moving scenes, natural and chaotic, 6 December 2000
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

Don't settle down for a comfortable couple of hours easy entertainment. This film carries a message and it will thrash you with it. This is not a film with a stylised story set out in the classical beginning-middle-ending formula; it is a film which swings from scene to scene, at times hectically, with splendid unrehearsed sequences shot with continual changes and panning at frequently too high speed, swinging from schoolmaster to clusters of young faces, zooming in on one, lifting up to worried mothers bursting in, and back down to the schoolmaster, at trepidating speed, breathlessly, at whatever price, because the important thing was to get it all as it happened, how it happened; no way of organising thirty little kids to do the scene again: it would be just too artificial and useless.

The price is some lack of focussing, but it is worth the end result: Alain Choquart under Tavernier's orders achieves something monumental, something magical as his agility with the camera swoops around the school capturing every taut smile, every nervous finger-twisting, the first tears from a hysterical mother... Bertrand Tavernier comes out of that French school of film-making to which he adhered for most of his earlier output and from which he tried to break away with risky excursions into adventure cinema in 'La Fille DE D'Artagnan' (which must have worried Alexandre Dumas) and 'Capitaine Conan' (which must have worried quite a lot of people), as if in a desperate attempt to reach Hollywood-tradition epic proportions.

With 'Ça commence aujourd'hui' everything comes back to earth with a rather nasty bump: Tavernier gets down to the gritty bits of sordid suburbs on the edge of an industrial city (Lille) where in most families the father of the household is either out of work, or drunk, or both, or has run away; the local schoolmaster takes it on himself to fill the rôle of father, a job which Phillipe Torreton carries out brilliantly, aided and abetted by his girl-friend, Maria Pitarresi, who doesn't.

But perhaps the brilliance of the film resides in the sheer pace, as the cameraman has to keep his wits about him so as not to lose those gestures, in what must be the nearest thing to live, unrehearsed cinema: above all in the rapid shots among the small children, where there is no acting or interpretation - it is all too direct, too immediate for any kind of infantile amateur acting classes.

There may be a few technical weaknesses due to the way in which the film just had to be made, but the end result is monumental, a brilliant though agonising document.

Every European politician should be forced to see it: maybe a few of them would wake up and decide to do something useful.

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