OTHERS’ CHILDREN. Virginie Efira revisits the myth of the stepmother in The Children of Others, a film released in cinemas this Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The critics’ opinion.
[Mis à jour le 21 septembre 2022 à 10h19] The Children of Others is one of the big cinema releases of September 21, 2022. In this dramatic film directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (An easy girl, Planetarium), Virginie Efira embodies a woman who falls under the spell of her companion’s daughter and takes care of it as if it were its own child. The Children of Others thus analyzes the figure of the mother-in-law from a new angle. But what did the critics think of this proposal?
The press is, on the whole, seduced by Zlotowski’s film. The Children of Others is “a tender and magnificent film” (Elle), “a profound portrait of a woman” (La Voix du Nord), “a major film” (Première) according to the critics. The performance of the main actress is unanimously hailed: “Virginie Efira overwhelms us with a new admirable composition of accuracy, sensitivity and naturalness”, considers Télé 7 Jours, when Le Journal du Dimanche “vibrates in unison with the emotions of [la comédienne]magnificent in talent and voluptuousness.”
Synopsis – At 40, Rachel is a fulfilled woman, whether professionally, with her job as a high school teacher, or personally. Until the day she falls in love with Ali, single father of little Leila who is 4 years old. The young woman becomes attached and falls under the spell of the child. She is quick to take care of it as if it were her own and begins to have strong feelings for the little girl. But this love involves risks since the affection she has for him can quickly come up against a wall if ever the couple is forced to break up. At that time then, she will also lose this link with Leila…