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Other People's Children

1h 44m Comedy, Drama, Romance 2023

Featuring a career-best performance by Virginie Efira, writer/director Rebecca Zlotowski’s enchanting and moving new romantic drama follows a woman whose outlook on life is upended when she starts a passionate relationship with a single father-of-one.

40-year-old Parisian high school teacher Rachel loves her life: she’s inspired by her work and is close to her friends, sister and widowed father. When she meets a man in her community guitar class - the charming and recently-separated Ali (Roschdy Zem) - Rachel commences not only a relationship with him, but also his four-year-old daughter, Leila

Gradually, Rachel allows herself to be drawn into their world, helping Ali by collecting Leila after school and looking after her on the nights she stays with them; the three start to share holidays together. But there can be no denying Leila already has a mother (Chiara Mastroianni), and Rachel’s yearning for a family of her own is only growing stronger…

Though stories of parenthood and conception are familiar in everyday life, they have rarely been so thoughtfully depicted on screen. Revolving around questions of belonging, connection and emotional risk, OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN depicts not only one woman’s search for fulfillment, it also gets to the heart of what constitutes a rewarding and meaningful life.

“As complex as it is compassionate, it 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

“Nothing particularly unusual or dramatic happens for the first hour of the film, and yet it is so beautifully done and engaging that the whole thing is riveting to watch.” ~John Bleasdale, CineVue









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