CAST: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valerie Dreville DIRECTOR: Alice Diop NOW PLAYING
With SAINT OMER, acclaimed filmmaker Alice Diop delivers a riveting and utterly unmissable courtroom drama. The film follows novelist Rama who attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter. As the legal proceedings move forward, the words of the accused along with witness testimonies begin to shake Rama's convictions and call into question both her judgement and that of the viewer. Featuring an array of outstanding performances, this film will be a must-see for 2023.
"Saint Omer challenges accepted ideas of perspective, of subjectivity and objectivity --and even of what cinema can be when it's framed by an intelligence that doesn't accept those accepted ideas."Jessica Kiang, Variety
"Saint Omer might be fiction, but Diop does not stray too far from her documentary roots. The film maintains a sense of naturalism even during its most tense moments. Diop's directing style leans observational, as if she is watching and recording her screenplay's effect on her performers."Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter