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Two Is a Family - Film Review

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Published June 22nd 2018
There are no perfect fathers or ideal mothers
Omar Sy shows a tender side in Hugo Gelin's remake of the Mexican film Instructions Not Included.

Playing the role of Samuel, a playboy forced to take on paternal responsibilities after one of his ex-lovers abandons a baby believed to be his at his feet, is a totally different kettle of fish from the Jurassic World character Barry. That being said, Sy has pulled it off rather well, supported by Clemence Poesy (Final Portrait) and upcoming hip-hop star Gloria Colston.

The Just Like Brothers director has stayed pretty close to the storyline of the Mexican original, with only one major change. Like Eugenio Derbio's Valentin, Samuel (Sy) leads the ultimate playboy life in the south of France. However, that life is turned upside down when Kristin Stuart (Poesy), an ex-lover from London, turns up at his place with a baby girl named Gloria (Colston) who is purportedly his. Samuel heads off to London in an attempt to return the child to her mother but gets stranded there following a series of misadventures. A chance encounter with producer Bernie (Antoine Bertrand, Louis Cyr) lands him a job as a movie stuntman. Samuel raises Gloria on this job for eight years. One day, Kristin returns to claim custody of her daughter after moving to New York and meeting Lowell (Ashley Walters, Get Rich or Die Tryin'), whom she wants to settle down with. She drops a bombshell on Samuel, who then drops a bigger one that leads to the tragic ending of the movie.

Two is a Family attempts to capture the struggles of single fatherhood in a light-hearted manner. The character of Samuel may not be suited for parenthood but he nonetheless is willing to do his very best for his young daughter. In short, he takes things like a real man. Kristin comes across as somebody who has made some really bad choices and is trying hard to redeem herself. There are also some homosexual innuendos thrown in, mostly for comic relief. The ending of the film comes with a touching message that makes us want to treasure the ones we love most.

Sy and Poesy put in a strong performance as an estranged couple with a young child. Bertrand brings some comic relief in his role as Bernie, the producer who gives off occasional gay vibes. However, the breakout star could well be Colston. The daughter of DJ Lord Jazz from Lords of the Underground looks like someone with lots of potential. Hopefully, she could be set for bigger things.

Those who like family dramas and comedies may love Two is a Family. It will be released in Australia from 28 June onwards.

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