When Julie Delpy was nine, she wrote a story about motherhood. “I was obviously far from being a mother, but I’ve always been obsessed with parenting and children,” she says.
Forty-two years after penning that piece, Delpy has written, directed, and stars in My Zoe, a sci-fi thriller film that asks how far you would go to save your children, and then stretches the answer to the nth degree.
Delpy plays Isabelle, a geneticist who is going through a thorny divorce with custody of her daughter a central tension. Then she’s left unmoored when (spoiler alert!) tragedy strikes and her daughter dies. In the wake of the devastating loss, Isabelle pursues a radical solution: cloning her late daughter. “For me, it was important to explore the subject of motherhood, of separation, what it means to be a parent and the anxiety that comes with it,” Delpy says.
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