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It All Starts Today Movie Review Summary

Actors: Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi, Nadia Kaci, Didier Bezace

Detailed Plot Synopsis of It All Starts Today

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








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Main Char. ethnic: (if not US Caucasian)    -   French Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class Story of city/rural life?    -   Small Town Culture of surrounding area:    -   French

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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