Saint Omer

classified 18 (CTBA) S

French Film Festival 2022


Please note: This was screened in Dec 2022

Alice Diop
Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga, Robert Cantarella
122 mins, Subtitled, 2022, France
Primary language

After receiving critical acclaim at this year's Venice Film Festival where it won the Silver Lion, the Best Debut Film Award (Luigi De Laurentiis Award) and the Edipo Re Award, documentarian Alice Diop’s stunning narrative debut Saint Omer is France’s entry at the 2023 Oscar's®.

A young novelist working on a retelling of Medea, Rama (Kayije Kagame) travels to follow the trial of Laurence (Guslagie Malanda), a young Senegalese woman accused of killing her daughter. Pregnant herself, Rama’s own history, doubts, and fears are steadily dislodge as the defendant's testimony unfolds, exposing the corrosive racism she endured on her arrival in Europe and her isolation from her family back home.

Loosely inspired by a real court case where a mother abandoned her baby to the rising tides on a beach, Saint Omer is a finely observed drama which stylishly probes the unspeakable.

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