Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) (2008)
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Release Date: Jul 23, 2008 Wide
Average Rating: 4/5
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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 married to Marie-Jeanne (Zabou Breitman), who has shed the bohemian ways of her youth with the passage of time. Robert's father (Roger Dumas) has been generous enough to give his son the comfortable home he shares with Marie-Jeanne and their children, but that
Jul 23, 2008 Wide
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An ode to parenting, taken at a mature and sophisticated level. The pains and joys are represented well, without fanfare or histrionics
This is a vibrant film filled with truths of everyday life, when communication, misunderstandings, circumstances and emotions mesh together like a single heartbeat
A funny, deeply affecting and often painfully truthful movie about families, parenthood, growing up, growing old and dying, devoid of sentimentality.
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.
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.
Despite being engagingly acted and smartly structured, this ambitious effort from Rémi Bezançon ultimately presents a sentimental vision of la vie famille.
While it's competently put together, you can't help wondering what the point is.
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.
From its title downwards, this uninspiring French dramady embraces cliché at every turn, relying on simplistic humour, obvious emotional cues and performances straight out of Albert Square to tell its story.
For a story with so many sub-plots it's to Bazancon's credit that he keeps the psychological plates spinning without mishap.
The bittersweet shifts are deftly realised by some superb performances.
Bézançon handles the passage of time and the shifts of perspective quite adroitly, and creates a real sense of the characters as a family unit. His use of music is also inspired.
A wonderful soundtrack and a collection of great performances make this an entertaining and touching ensemble piece.
Brilliantly directed, impeccably acted French drama with a script that's both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving - this is easily one of the best films of the year.
A joy to watch, with vibrant characters, inventive direction and an emotional resonance that's both provocative and deeply moving.
Over-stylised and undernourished, French director Rémi Bezançon relies a little too heavily on clichéd cinematic catastrophes to provide dramatic momentum to what is at heart a rather unspectacular saga of familial discord and reconciliation.
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Bezançon has done a beautiful job moving back and forth through time and bringing background stories to the foreground before letting them slip away for another's point of view.
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