Acclaimed filmmaker Alice Diop delivers a riveting and utterly unmissable courtroom drama based on the real life 2016 trial of Fabienne Kabou, featuring powerful and intimate performances by Kayije Kagame and Guslagie Malanda.
Saint Omer follows novelist and academic 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.
Best known for her nonfiction work in the critically-lauded documentaries We and Towards Tenderness, Diop has described this film as “Linked to who I am and what I saw in the way people perceived this woman. It’s something that reveals a form of racism that is very French.”