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The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life [Le Premier Jour Du Reste De Ta Vie] Review


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This exquisitely made French drama traces the life of a family through five key days over 12 years. It's a joy to watch, with vibrant characters, inventive direction and an emotional resonance that's both provocative and deeply moving.

In 1988, Robert and Marie-Jeanne (Gamblin and Breitman) are coming to terms with the fact that their eldest son Albert (Marmai) is moving into his own flat as middle son Raph (Grondin) turns 18. Over the years we also revisit them as rebellious daughter Fleur (Francois) turns 16 and follow relationships with various boys and girls as well as Robert's wine-loving father (Dumas). The family bond is strained and tested, including at least one ongoing feud, and yet there's an irresistible, indefinable connection, and a sense that they are discovering life together.

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The Man Of My Life Review


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I'm an absolute sucker for movies about rich French people relaxing in country homes built of yellow stone somewhere on a hillside in Provence. A large outdoor dining table surrounded by mismatched chairs overlooks the valley. Sigh. You can almost smell the lavender.

That's where The Man of My Life starts out: with a big and boisterous extended family on one of those long vacations Europeans enjoy. The father/husband Frédéric (Bernard Campan) and his wife Frédérique (Léa Drucker) are in charge of the happy brood but find enough time to sneak off for sessions d'amour in the afternoon.

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [Le Premier Jour du Reste de Ta Vie] Movie Review

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [Le Premier Jour du Reste de Ta Vie] Movie Review

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