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Other People's Children

Other People's Children
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Foreign | 2023 | NR. 1hr 43min
CAST: Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni DIRECTOR: Rebecca Zlotowski

When dedicated high school teacher Rachel (Virginie Efira) falls in love with Ali (Roschdy Zem), it's not long before she also falls for his daughter Leila. The lustful giddiness of Rachel and Ali's late-night rendezvous evolves into the familiar warmth of family picnics and after-school pickups. Although she feels like a mother, Rachel is not allowed to forget that Lelia is another woman's daughter. She begins to long for a child of her own, but as a forty-something woman, she is abundantly aware that she has limited time to begin a family. Rachel must decide whether to embrace the inherent entanglements of her current situation, including co-parenting with Ali's ex-wife Alice (Chiara Mastroianni), or strike out again on her own. Other People's Children becomes a soulful, sexy, and resolutely grown-up story of the elusive quest for agency and belonging.

"When a woman falls in love in the sensitive French slice of life Other People's Children, you may fall, too. The director Rebecca Zlotowski (An Easy Girl) makes it easy to swoon with her seductive Parisian scenes, as the camera sweeps over the city's shimmering lights and narrows in on the equally radiant smile of the heroine, Rachel (Virginie Efira) .... Other People's Children is romantic -- tender, sexy, very French .... With delicacy and with a sympathetic if unsentimental gaze, Zlotowski has gathered together the story's seemingly disparate, charming and aching pieces ... and turned these fragments of life into a life, one that's as worth living as it is worth watching."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Deftly written, directed with a light hand and acted with honesty and heart, the picture captures moments of acute sadness without ever sinking into sentimentality."
Wendy Ide, The Guardian
"Virginie Efira Stuns in Moving Rumination on Parenting. A rare offering in its enlightened kindness, and a heartbreaking one, too."
Rafaela Sales Ross, The Playlist
"As complex as it is compassionate, Other People's Children features standout performances, and no end of nuance. For the incurable romantic and cynic in equal measure, this film deserves to be seen by a big audience."
Martin Carr, We Got This Covered
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