Topic is the criminally good streaming service from Kino Lorber and First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas and documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether it’s a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural drama (Christian), or a haunting true crime docu-series from the UK (The Missing Children), Topic expands your view of the world.
Paul and Sali Aloka, a Black couple, have a white adopted son, Benjamin, and a biological son, Noé. They might not look like an ordinary family, but they’re happy—until Paul’s father shows up and prompts Benjamin to search for his birth parents.
Everything is well with the Aloka family—Benjamin and Noé start eighth grade, mother Sali is job hunting, and dad Paul runs a flower shop—until Paul’s dad arrives unexpectedly, prompting Benjamin to ask a question that changes everything.
Paul and Sali agree to help Benjamin meet his birth parents, while Noé struggles to live in Benjamin’s shadow. Paul feels backed into a corner with his dad and Sali juggles job interviews, her bond with Benjamin, and her own mother.
When Benjamin receives disappointing news from his birth parents, he spirals out of control. Not having luck in her career, Sali reaches out to an ex who’s a recruiter. Meanwhile, Paul takes in Lazare, which quickly proves to be exhausting.
Sali, Lazare, and Mamita break into the child welfare office to steal the identity of Benjamin’s birth parents behind Paul’s back. When he finds out, he’s furious. But now that they have the identity of his birth mom, what will they do with it?
Sali and Paul receive good news about Benjamin’s birth mother. Sali’s ex Farid proves Paul’s suspicions right. And as Paul tries to prevent Lazare from being deported, Mamita finds out about Ousmane’s plans to return to Africa.
Benjamin asks the whole family to come with him to Normandy to meet his biological mother, but there’s tension between everyone. Will the family come together before the big meeting? And will Paul finally understand his father?