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It All Starts Today
Original name: Ça commence aujourd'hui
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role in Capitaine Conan, plays Daniel, the head teacher of a nursery school in a town demoralized by unemployment. Daniel is determined against all odds to bring life to the community. When a parent who has come to pick up her children collapses at the school grounds due to alcohol abuse, and social services turns a deaf ear to all pleas for help, Daniel decides to take the law into his own hands. Despite resistance from the townspeople, in the long run his efforts are not fruitless.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, touching, bleak, gloomy
Plot: realism, dedicated educator, hopes, small town, society, power relations, life is a bitch, teacher, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, small town life, social decay, fighting the system, social relations, social worker, idealism, social criticism, sculpture, poverty, child, suicide, artist, party, school
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, kindergarten, europe
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about society, hopes, life is a bitch, youth, power relations, school and idealism mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like It All Starts Today: Stand and Deliver (1988), To Sir, with Love II (1996), Conrack (1974), To Serve Them All My Days (1980), Ponette (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Stand and Deliver
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Conrack
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Welcome
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My Name Is Joe
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Cheaters
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Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: clever, serious, realistic, offbeat, sincere
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Dam Street
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Clockwork Mice
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Inherit the Wind
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Blood Done Sign My Name
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Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
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