Cyril Gelblat hits the nail on the head with Dad in Training
by Fabien Lemercier
- Starring Manu Payet and Audrey Lamy, the second feature by the director is an accomplished bittersweet family comedy that is being released in theatres by Mars
Having turned heads in 2008 with his feature debut, Les murs porteurs [+see also:
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A loose adaptation by the director of the novel Un coup à prendre by Xavier de Moulins, the story revolves around Antoine, a self-centred, unfulfilled dabbler on the cusp of 40 who has never really put much effort into taking care of his daughters, aged five and nine. Treated like a child by his wife, Alice, and having trouble finding his place at home, he abruptly decides to leave her for a one-night stand. But when Alice entrusts him with their daughters for a few days, out of the blue, he finds himself in uncharted territory. And although he was incapable of stepping up to the role of father within the nuclear family, he actually ends up becoming a real "mother hen". After leaving his wife out of a yearning for the freedom he used to have in bygone days, the new Antoine will find himself face to face with a new feeling of nostalgia: the one he feels for a family-centred life…
Produced by Laetitia Galitzine for Chapka Films and by Philippe Rousselet for Vendôme Production, Dad in Training was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and was pre-purchased by Ciné+. Its international sales are handled by TF1 International.
(Translated from French)