Saint Omer (ENG SUBS)
After being accused of drowning her own daughter, Senegalese immigrant Laurence Coly faces a fierce trial. Despite her confession, she insists that she is not responsible for this.
We follow the case from the pained point of view of Rama, a successful novelist dealing with the Medea myth and thus this case, whose ultimate view of motherhood is being tested. Saint Omer is the fiction debut of the documentary filmmaker, Alice Diop, and transcends the stereotype of the ‘helpless’ migrant and woman. Laurence’s inscrutable character draws you into this mysterious and contradictory courtroom drama based on true events. Even the changing camera angles are fully thought through and aim at the viewer’s perspective and objectivity or, conversely, subjectivity.
THE GUARDIAN: ★★★★★