The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Synopsis: Five key days in a family's life.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Rémi Bezançon
Production: Mandarin Films
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min



- I'll go before Fleur wakes.

- This is pathetic.

He's my dog; I decide.

You live life until it's over.

We've been talking about this

for two hours!

He's nearly blind, he's deaf,

he doesn't drink, he doesn't eat.

He's dying.

You want to see him suffer?

He's my age.

You got him when I was born.

- You were jealous.

- As if I could be jealous of you!

True, 18 isn't old.

But one dog year

is like seven for us.

Mom, cut it out.

We're not kids anymore.

Seven times 18...

OK, I'm going.




Mr. Duval?


Goodbye, boy.


you've left us too soon.

Our family will never

be the same again.

Here, Mom.

I found this thing in the van.

I don't want him to move out.

I'll never see you.

Of course we'll see each other.

He's not off to China.


You're not, right?

They're waiting for me.

We're off now.

See you.

This place is huge,

and you're moving

into some tiny room!

Coming to dinner?

Mom, please...

Don't move.

That won't make me stay.

In a photo it will. Forever.


It's crazy.

In the ER the other day,

this guy turned up and said that,

without doing it on purpose,

he'd stuck something

in his anus.

He couldn't get it out again.

So my colleague gets a lamp

and examines him.

I ask what he can see,

and he says:

"Believe it or not,

"I can see Mont St. Michel

in the snow."


The guy had a snow dome

up his ass!

- No!

- I swear.

I'm gonna get the guy's x-ray framed.

Like a holiday souvenir!

We'll be there at Xmas

at this rate!

Here. For you.

- What's this?

- It's new. A nicotine patch.

Stick it on your arm

to get your dose.

- Does it work?

- It worked on mice.

If mice can kick the smokes...

Patients are testing it now.

You need a guinea pig?

Try it.

It won't hurt you.

I'll put it on you.

Don't smoke while wearing it,

or you'll OD on nicotine.

I can't smoke?

Pretty restrictive.

Give me that.

- That's it.

- I gotta go.

- Thanks, man.

- Sure.

Mr. Duval...

Bye, Eric. Thanks.

Let's go down and see Grandpa

to thank him for the room.

What a drag.

We have to go now?

I want to get to bed.

You're right.

What a drag.

I'm going.

Do what you want.

The hourglass again...

A minute isn't so long.

Yeah, it's 60 seconds.

You need to look time in the face.

You'll see when you're my age.

So, Albert, are you pleased?

You like the room?

Yes. You really don't

want me to pay rent?

You must be joking.

Keep your money.

I bought your dad a house.

I can lend you a room.

You didn't buy it, Dad!

You loaned me money

that I pay back each month.

I should never have asked you,

and gone to the bank instead.

On a cab driver's pay,

you wouldn't have got much.

I don't care about the money.

I won't mention it again.


How about you two?

How are the studies going?


I'm in my third year,

working in the ER.

That's good.

A doctor's handy in a family.

And you, Raph?

I'm enrolled at college.

What in?

I forget now.

Very motivated.

Like father, like son.

I remember a note

a teacher put in your report card.

- "At rock bottom..."

- "And digging."

Still smoking?

I'm quitting.

You're quitting. Sure.

All hot air,

like when you promised

to help drain my cellar.

Dad, you mustn't smoke

with the patch.

This thing pisses me off!

It makes me dizzy.

I know what you need

to stop you smoking for good.


Mom, I said I won't be there.

Don't worry about me.

An omelet. Happy now?

No, and stop calling me, OK?

Fleur, we're eating.

Hands clean?

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Rémi Bezançon

Remi Bezançon (born 25 March 1971) is a French director and screenwriter. more…

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