Saint Omer 12A

Fri 10 Feb – Thu 16 Feb
★★★★★ – CineVue

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Director: Alice Diop

Cast: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville

Year: 2022

Duration: 122 mins

Certificate: 12A

★★★★★ – CineVue

★★★★ – Flickering Myth

The first narrative feature from French director Alice Diop takes shape in the guise of a slow-burn courtroom drama, trialling a complex case of apparent infanticide.

Rama, a writer and literature professor travels to Saint Omer to witness the trial for research for her new book - a Medea-inspired portrayal of the case.

Deeply humanistic and veering away from the sensationalism that could easily go with the story, gentle interpretations of each character make for a thoughtful exploration of motherhood and forgotten women.

French with English subtitles