The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The first day of the rest of your life is a French Language film with English subtitles focusing on a tightly knit family and the events in their life over a twelve year period, particularly over five crucial days that altered the course of their lives as individuals and as a family.

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Country: USA

Language: English

With a magnificent script and some tremendous direction with Remi Bezancon The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life is a French Language film with English subtitles focusing on a tightly knit family and the events in their life over a twelve year period, particularly over five crucial days that altered the course of their lives as individuals and as a family?

It’s a heavy film, it’s not easy to watch and hardly stretches outside the five main cast members but its brilliance is in the script which is tight and focused. The narrative spans between the childhood and adulthood of its characters focusing on just those characters at the expense of the few supporting roles who really are there purely as support.

Fortunately, while sometimes difficult, there is a lot of humor in this film and very Gallic it is too. Passions and emotions run high within the familial relationships as the Duval start to come apart at the seams. Deborah Francois as the daughter Fleur is driven by hardly repressed desire to experience the world and everything in it at odds with her upbringing.

The First Day Of The Rest of Your Life

The First Day Of The Rest of Your Life

It will move you to tears at times, so bound up does the viewer become in the lives of the characters but can just as easily sweep you on a tide of joy and to a great extent this is down to the believable performances of the actors. All of them rise o the challenge of the script, Jacques Gamblin is towering as the Father, Robert, a man now trapped in a loveless relationship with his wife Marie, played with a quiet exhaustion by Zabou Brietman and here is strong backup to their drama from Marc Andre Grondin and Pio Marmai as the two sons. The characters are archetypes the society dropout, the romantic fool, the rebel and the man who is stuck in a job he no longer wants to do. All very identifiable.

It’s nicely fractured, being spread over these five pivotal days over the space of twelve years but each segment feels intimately connected, there is never a sense of a loss of narrative and it’s interesting to see how the characters and their relationships develop. It shows their lives through each characters perspective at different times in their lives resulting in a compelling characters study that definitely deserves a viewing.

Awards: César Awards, Étoiles d’Or
Nominations: César Awards

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