Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today)
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Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today)
Ça commence aujourd'hui, a social drama, is Bertrand Tavernier's first major film since winning a César (the Oscar of France) in 1996 for his epic Capitaine Conan. Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role in Capitaine Conan, plays Daniel, the head teacher of a nursery school in a town demoralized by unemployment. Daniel is determined against all odds to bring life to the community.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A profound study of an all-too-common human condition."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"An impeccably tight movie about a French kindergarten teacher, where every scene serves the story"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A model of politically engaged cinema, offering a clear-eyed view of a social problem without pretending to have any easy solutions."
‑ Gary Mairs, culturevulture.net
"Seems cheaply shot and perhaps that is why it just does not ring true."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"I sat through the whole two hours, so you don't have to."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"an engaging and soulful masterpiece about a kindergarten teacher in a small French mining town."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a difficult trick to pull off this kind of story with the light touch Truffaut gave to Small Change. But Tavernier is a professional, and his doses of gravity and humanity give him a passing grade."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"works principally through the force of its undeniable realism"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Will prove too depressing and long-winded for a significant number of U.S. audiences to embrace."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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