Other People's Children

New York Times Critics' Pick
103 mins.
Directed by  Rebecca Zlotowski
French with subtitles

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 coparenting 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 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).” Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!