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Saint Omer
Grand Jury Prize
Best Debut Film
Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.
In this extraordinary narrative debut by acclaimed documentarian Alice Diop, a young novelist is forced to confront her personal traumas as she observes the trial of a woman accused of infanticide. For the past decade, award-winning documentarian Alice Diop has turned her camera on the injustices and intimate stories of immigrant communities on the peripheries of Paris in a meaningful act of recentring. With Saint Omer, her astonishing narrative feature debut, she brings her typical sensitivity and rigour to a story liberally adapted from a 2013 fait divers, in which a woman allegedly placed her 15-month-old daughter on a beach in northern France, abandoning her to the high tide. This progressively claustrophobic courtroom drama is told through the stoic point of view of Rama (played with restrained intensity by a superb Kayije Kagame), a young novelist working on a contemporary retelling of the ancient Medea myth. Pregnant herself and increasingly uneasy, Rama’s own family history, doubts, and fears about motherhood are steadily dislodged as the life story of the accused woman, Laurence Coly (an extraordinary Guslagie Malanda), is gradually revealed. From a stern upbringing in Senegal to gradual isolation from family and society on her arrival in Europe, Coly’s experiences expose the traumas of racism and emotional manipulation that can remain unspoken while insidiously and irrevocably corroding a person’s well-being.
Directed by
Alice Diop
Written by
Amrita David, Alice Diop, Marie N'Diaye
Edited by
Amrita David
Claire Mathon
Sound by
Emmanuel Croset
Music by
Thibault Deboaisne
Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Aurélia Petit, Xavier Maly, Thomas de Pourquery, Valérie Dréville
Original title
Saint Omer
English title
Saint Omer
Running time
122 min
Age rating
Release date
30. 11. 2023
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★★ „An extraordinary experience.“
Little White Lies
★★★★★ „The standard for ‘Best of 2023’ lists has already been set.“
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