Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) (2008)

Five random days in the lives of a French family, spread out over a dozen years, paint a telling picture of the ups and downs of human relationships in this comedy-drama from France. Robert Duval (Jacques Gamblin) is a taxi driver who is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 23, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

An ode to parenting, taken at a mature and sophisticated level. The pains and joys are represented well, without fanfare or histrionics

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

By using such a typical family, it's a film most will be able to relate to, making it an inspiring, uplifting and, at the end, deeply moving mini masterpiece.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

While it's competently put together, you can't help wondering what the point is.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This is a vibrant film filled with truths of everyday life, when communication, misunderstandings, circumstances and emotions mesh together like a single heartbeat

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Director and writer Rémi Bezançon has a view of family life at odds with that of our own curmudgeon Philip Larkin, and the final reel proves the point.

Peter Bradshaw

Reasonable enough, but underpowered.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A funny, deeply affecting and often painfully truthful movie about families, parenthood, growing up, growing old and dying, devoid of sentimentality.

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Tom Dawson

Despite being engagingly acted and smartly structured, this ambitious effort from Rémi Bezançon ultimately presents a sentimental vision of la vie famille.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The movie's keen to show off its period threads and craft solo acting moments, all of which it does entertainingly, but we can't quite see the ties that bind: these feel like five characters in search of a common gene pool.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Every so often a film comes along which genuinely surprises you. The more one reads and learns about film, the more this knowledge threatens to cloud and… More