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Plot: A sprawling drama centered on five key days in a family’s life.
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Beautiful, very French, I loved it
I’ve just finished watching this for the second time as it overwhelmed me emotionally the first time and I had to check if it was just the wine.
Well, it wasn’t.
It’s a marvellous film – beautifully crafted, played by a cast of quality actors, great soundtrack.
Watching this film reminded me of why we need the French film industry. Today I saw Toy Story 3 (not a bad instalment in the franchise, but nothing special) with my 9-year old daughter and as we came out of the auditorium, I looked around and saw ads for (1) an animated dog flick for kids, (2) a standard “blockbuster” CGI-fest, all shot in blue and (3) a loads-of-explosions bog standard actioner. Why is no-one making films about reality anymore? Are the lives of real people no longer worth considering? Why is Hollywood producing such a deluge of crap these days?
La Premier Jour de la Reste de ma Vie tells the story of a family by way of a few individual days over the course of c15 years. Don’t expect any contrived pivotal moments of misunderstanding – this film is above that. It shows the conflicts between family members and the frustration and bitterness, yet attempts to demonstrate how these rifts came about. It also shows how people learn from the failures of their parents and how they try not to repeat them. Look up the poem “This be the Lesson” by Philip Larkin for how important this is…
It is also about love, the bonds of family, redemption, nostalgia and if the final scene doesn’t have tears pissing from your eyes, then you have no heart.
Original take on a life crises in a feel good way
I must say I’ve seen a lot of movies but rarely I feel so much drawn into this kind of stories. Believe me, it’s a sign of a good movie!
I immediately saw great camera angles and this follows the film throughout. I love the movement of the camera, following the story acted out by good actors in a script that is funny and well written. On top of that, the film has a great musical score.
We go right into what is an average French family. Man and wife and two grown up kids. Time to have a life crisis or four. Mum and dad is no longer having sex, the daughter feels estranged and the son procrastinating. More shouldn’t be told, though it’s an everyday story from a French middle class family.
The film is funny, still it’s able to balance into both sentimentality as swell as sadness. Typically French, but in a good way. The latter years I think the French film industry has turned out a lot of great films, and again French film is something you awaits the best from. This is another example of such a film. Well done!
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Director Rémi Bezançon
Writer Rémi Bezançon
Actors Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman, Déborah François
Awards 4 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)