The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life (2009)

 

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 doesn‘t mean there‘s always a genuine respect between them. Robert and Marie–Jeanne have three children –– their eldest Albert (Pio Marmai) is struggling with the rigors of medical school when we first meet him, while Raphael (Marc–Andre Grondin) is a teen trying to decide what to do with his life and Fleur (Deborah Francois) is still learning to be comfortable with her femininity. Between 1988 and 2000, the Duval family finds themselves dealing with the sort of life changes that affect most families, seeming both typical and revelatory at the same time. Le Premier Jour Du Reste De Ta Vie (aka The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life) was the first French feature for writer and director Remi Bezancon after making his debut with the Quebecois picture C.R.A.Z.Y
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30 out of 100  French gem
glenn from Dublin, 05 Aug 2010
This is an absorbing movie. it has plenty of french angst and melodrama. none of it's five main characters, a couple and their three children, initially attract any great empathy or affection, but as the story unfolds over a 20 year phase in their relatively normal lives, you find yourself warming to each of them in varying measure. there is no great plot here. it could be a diary of almost any 'normal' family. but it has charm, atmosphere and an excellent soundtrack, even it spans quite a nu

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40 out of 100  Honest drama with real heart
Eamon from Meath, 20 Jul 2010
This deals with 5 days in the life of a family. % days, years apart that marker turning points in their relationship and made them the family that they ultimately become. The real strenght with this one is that it never becomes too sentimental or schmaltzy. Real people, real situations, real family. Well worth watching.

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40 out of 100  Ces't magnifique
paul from Galway, 17 Nov 2011
Super movie.....simple yet absorbing story of an ordinary family - proving that there is no such thing...wonderful acting and a witty and perceptive script.

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40 out of 100  The FIrst Day of the Rest of Your Life
Frances from Clare, 09 Jun 2011
Excellent & realistic portrayal of family life without any nonsensical sentimentality.

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40 out of 100  Bitter sweet
Lauren from Cork, 06 Apr 2010
An all around great movie anyone would enjoy.

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50 out of 100  Verry good
pj from Kildare, 20 Nov 2010
Verry good

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