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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

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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
References Germinal (1993)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A genuine portrait of a teacher., 9 November 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

A very mediocre French series "l'instit" contributed to giving the audience a false picture of the schoolteacher.In that poor sitcom ,actor Gerard Klein was some kind of superhero (on a motorcycle!) who acted like a pacifist Zorro or K2000.

Bertrand Tavernier and his wonderful thespian ,Philippe Torreton,de la Comédie Française set the record straight.First of all,this is a true story,inspired by a schoolteacher's books.And Tavernier is an artist whose best works ("l'horloger de Saint-Paul" "la mort en direct" and his masterpiece" la vie et rien d'autre")deal with the dignity of man. And as the title says "the future begins today" as everything is possible when the man's young can still wonder,discover,and ... perhaps love the world before he discovers the darker side of it.Because ,for most of the children we meet in this movie,the darker side is at their door,inside their houses,and School is the only way for them of getting away with a somber future.There are courageous lines against the Champagne socialists -When the movie was released,there were commies in the French government-"I could have expected more from a communist mayor!" the teacher says to the notable who closes the canteen to the children whose family is no longer able to pay.There is a very realistic scene between the teacher and his inspector.Although the former 's work is admirable,the state employee slags him off because he's blind and deaf to the world outside him,all he wants to do is to climb the upper rungs of the social ladder .Never the inspector hints at the children's plight,his narrow-minded view remains abstract and completely mindless:how could a group of four year old toddlers be autonomous?

A Tribute to the teachers ,who now more than ever need gratefulness and understanding,Tavernier's movie is deeply moving and deserves to be highly recommended.He equals Kenneth Loach here,not a small feat.

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