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

Set in a forlorn mining town in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once-prosperous village. Daniel teaches at a nursery school in a town demoralized by unemployment and is determined against… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 12, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Dequina

A profound study of an all-too-common human condition.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

An impeccably tight movie about a French kindergarten teacher, where every scene serves the story

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Gary Mairs

A model of politically engaged cinema, offering a clear-eyed view of a social problem without pretending to have any easy solutions.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Seems cheaply shot and perhaps that is why it just does not ring true.

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Christopher Null

I sat through the whole two hours, so you don't have to.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Will prove too depressing and long-winded for a significant number of U.S. audiences to embrace.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

works principally through the force of its undeniable realism

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

an engaging and soulful masterpiece about a kindergarten teacher in a small French mining town.

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