2012, Clément Michel
A light hearted romantic comedy that will leave you wanting a sequel, La stratégie de la pousette tells the cute tale of a man trying to win back the love of his life.
Commitaphobe Thomas Platz (Raphaël Personnaz) is devastated when, on the day of her birthday, his girlfriend Marie Deville (Charlotte Lebon) dumps him just outside of their apartment.
1 year later and Thomas catches a baby named Léo, falling from the floor above, as his mother (Camélia Jordana) faints. In hospital, she asks Thomas to take the baby and gives him the number of Léo’s father, who is partying in Amsterdam. What choice does Thomas have? He’s stuck playing dad for 5 days.
In these 5 days, we see him transform as a person, watching YouTube videos on how to change diapers and attending mother-baby classes; a business run by his ex, Marie. Upon seeing her once more, he falls hopelessly in love all over again, although she’s seeing someone else. Lying by telling her that he’s changed and that the baby is his, Thomas falls into the role of being a father whilst trying to juggle his new occupation with being a freelance illustrator.
With his best friend Paul ( played by Jérôme Commandeur), Thomas manages to attend classes and to fool the mothers and staff of Bébés Bonheurs into thinking that he is actually a father, due to Paul’s extensive supply of children’s toys from his job as a tennis coach and stroller lessons. Of course, Paul knows that Thomas is just using Léo to get back with Marie. Hilarity ensues as Thomas becomes tangled up in his own lies, including a recent divorcee on the hunt for a younger man who snaps Thomas up and won’t let him go, an eager kids-entertainer and a toy doll being flung across the room by a bored and hyperactive child.
Although not a work of art, if you’re looking for an easy romantic-comedy which will lift your spirits, La stratégie de la pousette is one not to be missed.
romper suit – une barboteuse
to nab – piquer
a lay (sexual) – un coup
stroller – la poussette
to suffocate – étouffer
pal – le pôte