The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

This popular French hit is a dramatic comedy about family dynamics and the urge to escape them. Robert (Jacques Gamblin), who's still being talked down to by his own father, and wife Marie-Jeanne are doing their best to allow their three children the space to go their own ways. Covering the years 1988–2000, we zoom in on the events of five separate days. On each day a different one of the five family members is striking out on his or her own in some way, but we're also granted a gratifying picture of what the other four are up to at the time.

Rémi Bezançon directs his own script. He references '90s music and styles with perfect recall to pinpoint the years, while keeping an eye on the shifts in mutual appreciation among parents and progeny. (Source: NZ International Film Festival)

2008Rating: M, contains sex scenes, offensive language, drug use114 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
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Variety

Variety

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A tightly knit, bittersweet crowdpleaser that stays just on the right side of syrupy.

The Times

The Times

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A handsome but soapy French family drama.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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The film is both simple and emotionally dense, the performances are beyond reproach and almost everyone will find something that relates closely to their experiences. The comedy is beautifully handled, notably in a scene in which the taxi driver goes to a crucial consultation with a young specialist.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Funny and often moving portrait of a family.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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The bottom line is that life can be harsh, but dealing with tragedy will make you stronger in the end. A heartening outlook for sure, but not a particularly original one.

Variety

Variety

press

A tightly knit, bittersweet crowdpleaser that stays just on the right side of syrupy.

The Times

The Times

press

A handsome but soapy French family drama.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film is both simple and emotionally dense, the performances are beyond reproach and almost everyone will find something that relates closely to their experiences. The comedy is beautifully handled, notably in a scene in which the taxi driver goes to a crucial consultation with a young specialist.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Funny and often moving portrait of a family.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The bottom line is that life can be harsh, but dealing with tragedy will make you stronger in the end. A heartening outlook for sure, but not a particularly original one.

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