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Rebecca Zlotowski’s fifth feature, Other People’s Children, premiered in competition at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and impressed audiences with its deeply moving and acutely observed portrait of one woman’s fluctuating feelings around maternal instincts and societal pressures. 

Rachel (a dazzling Virginie Efira) is a happy, 40-ish-year-old schoolteacher who loves her life, her friends, her job, and even her exes. She is exploring the idea of having a child but is not desperate to have one. She is intrigued by the concept, ambivalent about it at times an authentic encapsulation of the conundrum many women around her age face.

When Rachel meets a charming divorcé, Ali (Roschdy Zem), she falls not just for him, but also for his little girl, Leila. With things progressing quickly in this new family dynamic, Rachel has to wrestle with some complicated feelings around maternal longing and the fear of missing out on what she describes as the “collective experience” of motherhood.

You may not see it coming, because of Zlotowski’s gentle, unaffected tone, but Other People’s Children is likely to break your heart. 

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  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    104 minutes
  • Language
    French
  • Country
    France
  • Director
    Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Screenwriter
    Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Producer
    Frédéric Jouve,Marie Lecoq
  • Cast
    Virginie Efira,Roschdy Zem,Chiara Mastroianni,Callie Ferreira-Goncalves,Yamée Couture,Michel Zlotowski