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Ça commence aujourd'hui (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 March 1999 (France)
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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Bertrand Tavernier

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Torreton ... Daniel Lefebvre
Maria Pitarresi Maria Pitarresi ... Valeria
Nadia Kaci Nadia Kaci ... Samia Damouni
Véronique Ataly Véronique Ataly ... Mrs. Lienard
Nathalie Bécue Nathalie Bécue ... Cathy
Emmanuelle Bercot ... Mrs. Tievaux
Françoise Bette Françoise Bette ... Mrs. Delacourt
Christine Citti ... Mrs. Baudoin
Christina Crevillén Christina Crevillén ... Sophie
Sylviane Goudal Sylviane Goudal ... Gloria
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Inspector
Betty Teboulle Betty Teboulle ... Mrs. Henry
Gérard Giroudon Gérard Giroudon ... Mayor
Marief Guittier Marief Guittier ... Daniel's mother
Daniel Delabesse 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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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 March 1999 (France) See more »

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It All Starts Today See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,639, 29 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,348, 8 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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References Germinal (1993) See more »

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A real life's documentary
2 October 1999 | by JabberwockSee all my reviews

In a region devastated by the closing of coal mines, and where one worker out of three is unemployed, Bertrand Tavernier tells us the problems of a nursery school's director who wants to improve the social conditions of those people.

He is the only hope for depressive parents but bureaucrats want him to look only after the easy cases forgetting about the problem children.

The challenge of throwing more than thirty 3 to 6 years old kids in the scramble as been taken up: their natural is convincing... and it goes for the director too.

I took part wholeheartedly with the pains and joys of the characters and lived it as if it was real life.


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