OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN
Written and Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
(Grand Central, Planetarium, An Easy Girl)
Starring Virginie Efira (Elle, Sibyl, Benedetta), Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni
Opens on Friday, April 21 in New York (Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Film Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Royal) followed by a national expansion
2023 Sundance Film Festival
2023 Lincoln Center’s Rendez Vous with French Cinema
2022 Venice Film Festival
2022 Toronto International Film Festival
Music Box Films is pleased to announce the April 21 US theatrical release of OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, the deeply moving portrait of a woman, written and directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, starring beloved actress Virginie Efira (Benedetta, Elle, Sibyl). Selected at numerous film festivals including Venice, Sundance and Toronto, OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN will open exclusively in theaters on Friday, April 21 in New York (Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Film Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Royal) followed by a national expansion.
In her latest film, acclaimed French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central, Planetarium, An Easy Girl) 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 to be fulfilled (as she’s informed by her gynecologist in a delightful cameo from director Frederick Wiseman). When Rachel starts 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 a drama that’s as romantic in its evocation of new love blossoming in Paris as it is clear-headed about the myriad pressures that societal expectations impose on the lives of middle-aged women, with echoes of Paul Mazursky’s An Unmarried Woman.
The much in demand Belgian actress Virginie Efira is best known for her work with directors Justine Triet (Victoria, Sibyl) and Paul Verhoeven (Elle, Benedetta), and will next be seen in Alice Winocour’s Revoir Paris (Music Box Films), for which she was recently awarded the César award (French Oscar©) for Best Actress.
Zlotowski is a graduate of the prestigious Paris film school FEMIS and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. A former French literature academic, she went on to write and direct Dear Prudence (Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize Nominee, winner of Prix Louis Delluc for Best First Film,) Grand Central (Cannes Official Selection), Planetarium, with Natalie Portman (Venice Film Festival), and An Easy Girl (SACD Award, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight). OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN is her fifth feature film.
“Bittersweet and beautifully observed” - Guy Lodge, Variety
“Efira does her best work yet” - Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter
"Efira, last seen by most audiences in Benedetta, gives another wondrous performance…The Belgian actor keeps the film together, grounding it with real emotional stakes” - Michael Frank, The Filmstage