This captivating French legal drama explores the real-life case of Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanda), an immigrant woman charged with the murder of her child. Through the eyes of Rama (Kayije Kagame), a novelist and professor attending the trial, the film delves into issues of motherhood, race, gender, and immigration, painting a nuanced and thought-provoking portrait of the case. Long takes and powerful emotional impact create an unforgettable viewing experience made complex by the ambiguity surrounding Coly’s guilt. Saint Omer is a haunting and deeply moving exploration of the human experience and a must-see for fans of legal dramas and social justice films.
Directed by Alice Diop. France (French with English subtitles). 2 hours 2 minutes. Rated PG-13.