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It All Starts Today

Released Sep 8, 2000 1h 58m Drama List
81% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 79% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When a kindergarten teacher (Philippe Torreton) living in a rural town in France finds that the coal mines -- the main source of income -- have been closed down, his community changes, becoming increasingly poverty-stricken and decrepit. One day a woman abandons her children, and he decides to take the kids into his home. From there he begins to take a stand against the deterioration of his village. Read More Read Less

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Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Rated: 4.5/5 Feb 14, 2001 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The screenplay, written by Tavernier with his daughter Tiffany and a schoolteacher named Dominique Sampiero, works by looking at everyday challenges. Rated: 3/4 Feb 14, 2001 Full Review A.O. Scott New York Times Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com A profound study of an all-too-common human condition. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 14, 2010 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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helder f The characters are rich, the movie is a bit flat. A series of events but none seems to move the story forward enough; instead the story sits pretty much in the same place most of the time. A metaphor for their resistance, but still feels flat. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review josé carlos á With equal passion as Philippe Torreton's character and making great use of its limited resources (again, like Torreton's character does in the film), "It All Starts Today" has Bertrand Tavernier exploring in contemplative fashion and quite successfully the misfortunes of an extremely poor mining town ignored by the public institutions and the growing disinterest in education and social values in its people, while also delivering a caution to excessive involvement and an optimistic message for the future. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member ¿How can I watch it online? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Idealistic teacher tries to deal with a multitude of issues, both political and personal, in Tavernier's 1999 drama. The best aspect of the movie is that, even though several of the plot points are extreme, none of them are either poorly handled or unbelievable. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful film and Philippe Torreton, fighting the misery of his fellow human beings, is just AWESOME. A VERY moving film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Everyone has problems, some just more severe than the others. The film pictures well what it must be like being a parent. The incredible responsibility of an innocent little being's life. And also how so many parents fail. Not much of a feel good movie, then. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When a kindergarten teacher (Philippe Torreton) living in a rural town in France finds that the coal mines -- the main source of income -- have been closed down, his community changes, becoming increasingly poverty-stricken and decrepit. One day a woman abandons her children, and he decides to take the kids into his home. From there he begins to take a stand against the deterioration of his village.
Director
Bertrand Tavernier
Producer
Frédéric Bourboulon, Alain Sarde
Screenwriter
Dominique Sampiero, Bertrand Tavernier, Tiffany Tavernier
Distributor
Independent Artists
Production Co
Le Studio Canal +, Les Films Alain Sarde, Little Bear [fr], TF1 Films Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 8, 2000, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Nov 26, 2002
Box Office (Gross USA)
$12.3K
Runtime
1h 58m
Sound Mix
DTS, Surround