Other People's Children

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmOther People's Children

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Director(s)Rebecca Zlotowski
Writer(s)Rebecca Zlotowski
Running Time1HR 44MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Virginie Efira shines in this deeply moving and acutely observed portrait of one woman’s fluctuating feelings around maternal instincts and societal pressures.

Acclaimed writer-director Rebecca Zlotowski draws from her own life to depict the emotional trajectory of Rachel (Virginie Efira), a schoolteacher whose desire for a biological child seems increasingly unlikely (as she’s informed by her gynaecologist in a delightful cameo from Frederick Wiseman). When Rachel enters into a relationship with car designer Ali (Roschdy Zem), he’s slow to let her know that he’s a single father, but once she finds out she quickly grows to love his precocious daughter, Leila (Callie Ferreira-Goncalves).

The stresses and strains of close relationships between adults and children are thoughtfully examined in Rebecca Zlotowski's drama. It is as romantic in its evocation of new love blossoming in Paris as it is clear-headed about the pressures of societal expectations of middle-aged women.

"Other People’s Children could and should finally cement Zlotowski’s place in the top class of European auteurs." Little White Lies

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