Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) (2008)

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Director: Rémi Bezançon

Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman and Déborah François

I don’t usually enjoy self indulgent slice-of-life books or movies, but this comedy-drama just makes you feel like shouting: ‘that’s my bloody family!’

Love, life, nostalgia, heart break, joy – everything that makes us tick as part of that nebulous concept, family, is celebrated in this movie. You will cry, laugh and occasionally wipe a wry grin off your face as you follow the antics of a French family over 5 random days, spread over a period of twelve years.

It doesn’t try to be too clever or preachy. It’s just a charming rendition of what most families go through. Well, most families who aren’t struggling for survival in Darfur, so excuse the comfy, middle-class verdict.

Watch out for the eponymous title song by Étienne Daho – it’s the go-to song whenever I miss my family, usually after a few bottles of wine.

Don’t be a grinch, watch it.

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