IT ALL STARTS TODAY (Ça commence aujourd'hui) is a French film co-written and directed by Bertrand Tavernier in 1998. This movie earned three important prizes at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival.
The setting is a small town in the north of France. This part of France was for years a wealthy region thanks to the coal mines. But after their shutdown due to economical considerations, unemployment and poverty became the trademark of this part of France.
Daniel Lefebvre is a schoolmaster in this town and is hence in direct line to witness the social problems caused by poverty. His job doesn't consist only of teaching, he must now denounce child abuse or incest cases, and work with the social workers, the political authorities and the different administrations. Now, he has to deal with an alcoholic mother living with her two children in an apartment deprived of electricity and heating.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler