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Other People's Children(Les Enfants des autres)

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France · 2022
1h 44m
Director Rebecca Zlotowski
Starring Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni, Callie Ferreira-Goncalves
Genre Drama, Family

A 40-year-old teacher named Rachel falls in love with Ali, a single father and soon develops a bond with Ali's young daughter, Leila. She begins to care for Leila as if she was the girl's mother, but as the desire to have her own children grows, she must confront the race against time.

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IndieWire by Ben Croll

Efira imparts her character’s early anticipation — and eventual yearning, bliss, and hurt — using nothing but a glance. Rachel is a woman of the world with a universe inside.


Screen Daily by Fionnuala Halligan

It’s a halfway house between reality and the desires and dreams and disappointments of a 40 year-old woman, and should be appreciated as such by Francophone audiences everywhere.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Zlotowski’s deft, perceptive original screenplay is keenly attuned to the cutting emotional impact of a passing remark or overheard jab, and the unintended microaggressions that parents occasionally toss at their child-free peers.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

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.


The Playlist by Rafaela Sales Ross

Other People’s Children is a moving rumination on the pains caused by the unbudging pillars of traditional parenting. It is a rare offering in its enlightened kindness, and a heartbreaking one, too.

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