It All Starts Today
It All Starts Today

It All Starts Today

Director Bertrand Tavernier

Production year 1999

Length 117min.

Country France


Daniel is a schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were closed. When their parents fall into utter distress or even poverty because of prolonged unemployment, the children suffer the consequences. Daily Daniel is confronted with difficult situations and he feels responsible to deal with them although they are outside the scope of his responsibilities. Daniel's relations with his parents and also with Valeria, his fiancռe, and her son are not entirely smooth either. He nevertheless soldiers on with the staff of the kindergarten...


FIPRESCI Prize, Honorable Mention, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury | Berlinale, Germany, 1999

Ecumenical Film Award | Norwegian IFF, Norway, 1999

Audience Award | San Sebastiոn IFF, Spain, 1999

Best Actor | Lumiere Awards, France, 2000


Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier



Frederic Bourboulon, Alain Sarde


Dominique Sampiero, Bertrand Tavernier, Tiffany Tavernier

Director of Photography

Alain Choquart

Production designer

Thierry Fransois

Music by

Louis Sclavis


Sophie Brunet


Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi, Nadia Kaci,Veronique Ataly

Production company(ies)

Canal+, Les Films Alain Sarde, Little Bear, TF1 Films Production

Bertrand Tavernier

Born 1941, Lyon, France. French director, screenwriter, actor and producer Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since he was thirteen or fourteen years old. The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1974) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin IFF. He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of two Cesar Awards. His film The Princess of Montpensier, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes IFF.


The Kisses (segment “Baiser de Judas”, 1963,), Chance at Love/La chance et l’amour (segment “Une chance explosive”, 1964), The Clockmaker of Saint Paul (1974), Let Joy Rign Supreme/Que la fՍte commence...(1975), The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Spoiled Children (1977), Death Watch (1980), Uns semaine de vacances (1980), Coup de torchon (1981), Philippe Soupault (1982, TV doc.), Cinռ citron (1983, short), La 8Ռme gռnռration (1983, short), Mississippi Blues (1983), A Sunday in the Country (1984), Round Midnight (1986), Beatrice/La passion Beatice (1987), Lyon, Inside out (1988, TV doc.), Life and Nothing But (1989), Daddy Nostalgia (1990), Contre l’oublie (segment “Pour Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Myanma”, 1991), La guerre sans nome (1992, doc.), L.627 (1991), D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994), The Bait (1995), La lettre (1996, TV), Captain Conan (1996), The Other Side of the Tracks (1997, TV doc.), It All Starts Today (1999), Les enfants de ThiՌs (2001, TV) Stories of Shattered Lives: The Double Sorrow of Lyon (2001), Safe Conduct/Laissez-passer (2002), Holy Lola (2004), In the Electric Mist (2009), The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

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