On the latest movies nite, I watched a splendid French movie, titled Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie, or The First Day of the Rest of Your Life. It was released in 2008 and has gained Cesar Award in France as Best Editing and nominated as Best Film.
It’s a dark yet funny movie. The main themes of this movie is telling about five key days in the life of a five person family that change the rest of their life. The two sons, Albert and Rapheal, the daughter Fleur, mother Marie-Jeanne and father Robert, make up the Duval family. They are dysfunctional, yet they always watch out for each other and stick together. The story is told in five parts, each one showing an important moment in each person’s life. While the film is a drama, there are also many very funny moments.
Although the main setting is based upon the family relation, but this movies is not purely about family things, it talks about finding identity, questioning on existence and some absurd thoughts and ideas.
Duval’s family is a middle class in French living 1980-2000. At initial movies they were a happy closed family. A problem starts to emerge when all the children’s getting older and want to start their own life, beside the parents touch their midlife crisis as well.
This is a deep but enjoyable movie. It shows the hardships and the highlights and get totally immersed in the family and their circumstances. This is the movie that I surely watch again.