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It All Starts Today

It All Starts Today

A Feature film by Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 12/03/1999


    Daniel Lefebvre heads a kindergarten in Hernaing, northern France. The son of a miner, he works in a once-affluent area that is now plagued by unemployment. Backed by a competent and devoted team of teachers, he encourages verbal and intellectual creativity among the children. One afternoon, a woman named Mme Henry arrives late to pick up her daughter. When bending over to kiss the child, she crumples in the school yard, dead drunk; overcome with embarrassment, she flees, leaving her little girl and her infant there. Daniel suddenly finds himself lumbered with the two kids.

    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Little Bear, Les Films Alain Sarde

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    Co-production :

    TF1 Films Production

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    International releases (29)

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producers :

    Alain Sarde, Frédéric Bourboulon

    Screenwriters :

    Dominique Sampiero, Tiffany Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Desrois, Gérard Lamps, Didier Lize

    Assistant Operators :

    Christophe Asselin, Philippe Renaud, Xavier Tauveron

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Denise Breton

    Sound editor :

    Élisabeth Paquotte

    Continuity supervisor :

    Zoé Zurstrassen

    Music Composer :

    Louis Sclavis

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Still Photographer :

    Jurgen Vollmer

    Assistant directors :

    Pierre Abela, Tiffany Tavernier, Fanny Etienne

    Director of Photography :

    Alain Choquart

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean-Michel Chauvet

    Production Manager :

    François Hamel

    Editor :

    Sophie Brunet

    Assistant editor :

    Sophie Mandonnet

    Production Designers :

    Thierry François, François Decaux

    Costume designer :

    Marpessa Djian

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Tisserand

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

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    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (16)

    Festival du Film français en Israël  - 2005

    Festival du Film français en Israël (Israel, 2005)


    Official Selection

    Tokyo - International Film Festival - 2000

    Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 2000)


    Films by Women

    BIFF - 1999

    BIFF (South Korea, 1999)


    Films selected

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 1999

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    New Directors

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


    Feature Films

    Sydney - Film Festival - 1999

    Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


    World Cinema

    Awards (3)

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1999

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1999)

    Awards (3)

    FIPRESCI Award - from the international press

    Honorable Mention

    Ecumenical Jury Prize

    Delegations (2)