“Arrival” star Amy Adams, director Denis Villeneuve, screenwriter Eric Heisserer, and producer Shawn Levy discussed their sci-fi film on Friday night at the Variety Screening Series presented by AARP.

Adams said the movie helped her understand communication and even changed the way she parents.

“I think that’s important for us all to realize is the impact of our life goes far beyond our experience of ourselves,” she said. “That’s just important to remember in how we gauge our behavior and our choices.”