At the centre of Saint Omer is Rama, a journalist and writer working on a book about Medea. Rama herself, we learn from a series of flashbacks, had a bad relationship with her mother, who either scolded her or coldly ignored her. She travels to Saint Omer to follow the assize trial of Laurence Coly, who is on trial for the murder of her baby. Laurence pleads guilty, but claims witchcraft caused her child’s death. Which is somewhat surprising from the mouth of an intellectual working on her PhD, whose IQ score indicates genius. This French entry for Oscars won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 49th edition of Film Fest Gent.
Saint Omer is a gutsy and unwavering film about the doubts that come with motherhood as well as the latent and persistent racism in France. The most exciting courtroom drama in years!
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