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IT ALL STARTS TODAY

SYNOPSIS:
Daniel (Philippe Torreton) is the principal of a nursery school in a small northern town in France, where the high unemployment rate of the community reflects through their toddlers. The symptoms range from child abuse to sheer desperation. Things aren’t helped by an overwhelmed, largely insensitive and wholly ineffective social security system, general social malaise and just too many problems for all to solve. When the pain gets too much, Daniel rebels and his outburst finally brings some attention to the isolated town. But even this doesn’t resolve the deep seated problems of the families.

"Made with enormous heart and a conviction that humanity deserves better, It All Starts Today is at once a local story and a global story – a story of society crumbling under its own weight, and the frissures that causes: pain and suffering for individuals, particularly little children. And especially the weakest ones, the least capable. Triggered by the reality of the ripple effects of unemployment on a small northern French community – effects that hurt the children – the film oozes compassion. So much so that it gets bogged down in detailing its pressure points, elongating its dramatic punch into something less dynamic than the upper cut it means to deliver. Nonetheless, it’s fist waving cinema and also successful as drama. Absolutely terrific performances give it bite, and the setting is so well established it’s tangible. Palpably emotional, It All Starts Today deserves attention – and rewards the audience with plenty of cinematic joy."
Andrew L. Urban

"Rich with textures and emotions, Bertrand Tavernier's passionate film about the problems of society is beautifully told through poetic images and characters for whom we care. This is a story of the heart, and although Tavernier has said that he is not out to force any message on his audience, the intensity of his beliefs are undeniable and blatantly apparent. We are brought face to face with some of the harsh difficulties encountered in the social system and the heartbreaking reality that poverty brings. It is hard to stay detached when observing cruelty being inflicted on innocent children. The role of the caring teacher is a hard one – especially when it is like one man against the world (or the establishment). Philippe Torreton is riveting in the title role of the kindergarten teacher, whose rich humanity and passion shine through like a lone star. The complexity of the character – confident in the workplace, caring in his relationship and insecure as a stepfather compound into an extraordinary individual. The response from the scene stealing children is quite clear – there is no acting required in their response to Torreton. He is obviously a big hit. This does not appear to be acting at all. He IS a kindergarten teacher. Inspiring, heartfelt and passionately moving, It All Starts Today is about the richness of the human spirit, and having the passion to fight for your convictions, despite the odds."
Louise Keller

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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IT ALL STARTS TODAY (M)
(France)

(Ca Commence Aujourd’Hui)

CAST: Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi, Nadia Kaci, Francoise Bette, Emmanuelle Bercot, Veronique Ataly, Nathalie Becue

DIRECTOR: Bertrand Tavernier

PRODUCER: Alain Sarde, Frederic Bourboulon

SCRIPT: Bertrand Tavernier, Dominique Sampiero, Tiffany Tavernier

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alain choquart

EDITOR: Sophie Brunet

MUSIC: Louise Clavis

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Thieryy Francois

RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes

FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 26, 1999







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