The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (15)

Jan 04, 2012
Cranbrook Film Society

This is a smart, funny, tragi-comedy about family life that the French seem to be able to do so well without lapsing into sentimentality. It looks at an ordinary family, the Duvals (parents, two sons and a daughter), and tells their stories by showing five key episodes in their lives between 1988 and 2000. Each is told from the point of view of a different family member.

The director, Rémi Bezançon also wrote the screenplay. He said he was inspired by a some remarks made by Kevin Spacey’s character in American Beauty and also by a song by French singer Etienne Daho which is also used on the soundtrack. He is very adept at revealing the dynamics of relationships by short scenes or moments.

Cast: Déborah François, Jacques Gamblin, Marc-André Grondin, Pio Marmaï, Zabou Breitman

Rémi Bezançon | France | 2009 | 108 minutes | 15

Excellent
53%
    Good
    39%
      Average
      6%
        Poor
        1%
          Terrible
          1%

            Weighted vote 88.4%