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Other People's Children

Released Apr 21, 2023 1h 44m Drama Comedy TRAILER for Other People's Children: Trailer 1 List
91% Tomatometer 67 Reviews 99% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Rachel is 40 years old, with no children. She loves her life: her high school students, her friends, her ex, her guitar lessons. When she falls in love with Ali, she becomes attached to Leila, his 4-year-old daughter. She tucks her into bed, cares for her, loves her like her own. But to love other people’s children is risky. Read More Read Less
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Other People's Children perceptively explores motherhood outside traditional biological confines and delivers sobering truths with an ample side of levity.

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Stephanie Zacharek TIME Magazine Efira may be as radiant as a Botticelli angel, but it's her no-nonsense directness that gets you. Dec 18, 2023 Full Review Paul Byrnes Sydney Morning Herald The film concerns itself with quotidian life, confident that this is enough to keep us interested. In this writer and director Rebecca Zlotowski is proven right: it is more than enough. Rated: 4/5 Jul 6, 2023 Full Review Ann Hornaday Washington Post It tells a small-canvas story that loses none of its poignancy for refusing to overreach or give into fatal self-seriousness. Rated: 4/4 May 17, 2023 Full Review Calum Cooper In Their Own League “Other People’s Children” is a real gem of a film with its engaging characters, stellar performances, and marvellous affinity for the intricacies of life. Jul 17, 2024 Full Review Lisa Laman The Spool The trials and tribulations of being a woman at 40 are uniquely realized in this compelling French drama. Dec 8, 2023 Full Review Stephanie Bunbury Deadline Hollywood Daily Other People’s Children is a film that matters, full of fine performances. It just takes a wrong turn, that’s all. Oct 25, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Kenneth S Good acting. Touching story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/09/23 Full Review Ghederick Eshmont Good film that gets bogged down by its commitment to tell the viewer Rachel is an impactful person at every turn. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/29/23 Full Review Audience Member This was really done from a perspective I haven’t seen before. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/17/23 Full Review Colin L Very nice movie to be watched as the storyline is very interesting! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely gorgeous story telling, honest and vibrant performances from all the leads. Broke my heart open. So glad to see complicated love and relationships like this explored on screen without tidy answers or feelings. Recommend to everyone. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review Chris J MOVIE REVIEW Other People's Children (Les enfants des autres) (adult content) – Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Year Released: 2023 Runtime: 1h 44m Director(s): Rebecca Zlotowski Writer(s): Rebecca Zlotowski Cast: Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem, Callie Ferreira-Goncalves, Chiara Mastroianni, Yamée Couture, Henri-Noël Tabary, Victor Lefebvre, Sébastien Pouderoux Where To Watch: now on Digital here www.musicboxfilms.com and DVD/Blu-ray here www.amazon.com RAVING REVIEW: Step into the captivating world of OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, a cinematic journey that both warms the soul and stirs the intellect. Directed by the perceptive Rebecca Zlotowski, this film unspools a story that invites us into a vivid tapestry of emotions, love, and familial bonds, all set against the backdrop of a version of Paris we don't often see. Let's look at the plot that shines a spotlight on Rachel, whose passionate quest for motherhood and acceptance forms the film's emotional core. Played by Virginie Efira, Rachel's world is one of desires, struggles, joy, and sorrow, all translated onto the big screen with elegance and authenticity that engages the audience. It's more than just a story; it's a living, breathing painting brought to life, one that celebrates family in all its diversity. Now, buckle up for a twist! The climax of OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN takes an unexpected turn that might leave some viewers scratching their heads. It's an ambitious attempt to showcase the erratic nature of human emotions, but it's like an abrupt edit in a carefully edited sequence—jarring and disruptive. It wasn't something I was expecting, but also not something that harmed the film, just something that you had to be able to process. Ah, Paris! The city of love. It is the perfect set for a story so rooted in emotion; Zlotowski's focus on inner human struggles adds depth, bringing the characters to the forefront and casting societal conflicts into the soft focus of the background. One of the highlights of OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN is its expertly crafted dialogue and the tangible chemistry between characters. From the subtle to expressive glances, Zlotowski ensures the storytelling is rich and compelling, much like a well-directed scene that captures the audience's imagination. The film, of course, has areas that could be refined. Some resolutions might feel too easily achieved, like a plot being neatly wrapped without exploring the deeper nuances. The grace in exploring stepmotherhood and personal choices is there, but it sometimes lacks the boldness that could have added more resonance. Despite these minor quibbles, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN is a vivid and honest reflection of life's complexities. In conclusion, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN is a touching and thoughtful experience that welcomes you into its vividly portrayed world. The film offers an emotionally rich and genuine look at human connections. It's the kind of film that transforms an ordinary world into something extraordinary, filled with colors and shades that speak to the human heart. Watch it, and you might find a new way to look at life. For more reviews, please visit – https://linktr.ee/Overlyhonestmoviereviews for more info. Follow me on Letterboxd, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find my social media accounts on most platforms simply by searching Overly Honest Movie Reviews. I'm always happy to hear from my readers; please say hi or send me any questions about movies. MY SAG-AFTRA/WGA STRIKE STATEMENT: As an advocate for creators, actors, and writers, I firmly stand with SAG-AFTRA and the WGA in their current strike. The entertainment industry is built on these individuals' extraordinary talents, and their contributions must be appropriately recognized and rewarded. They deserve fair compensation, sensible work hours, and respect for their creative rights. I believe in the power of unity and collective action, and I'm steadfast in my support for their fight for better working conditions and fair remuneration. Together, we can shape a more equitable future in the entertainment world. #SAGAFTRA #WGA #SAGAFTRAStrong #WGAStrong Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Rachel is 40 years old, with no children. She loves her life: her high school students, her friends, her ex, her guitar lessons. When she falls in love with Ali, she becomes attached to Leila, his 4-year-old daughter. She tucks her into bed, cares for her, loves her like her own. But to love other people’s children is risky.
Director
Rebecca Zlotowski
Producer
Frédéric Jouve, Marie Lecoq
Screenwriter
Rebecca Zlotowski
Distributor
Music Box Films
Production Co
France 3 Cinéma, Les Films Velvet
Genre
Drama, Comedy
Original Language
French
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 21, 2023, Limited
Box Office (Gross USA)
$87.0K
Runtime
1h 44m
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