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Bringing a documentarian’s sense of open-ended inquiry to her first narrative feature, writer-director Alice Diop constructs a morally and emotionally layered courtroom drama unlike any other. When she travels to Saint-Omer, France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman (Guslagie Malanda) accused of murdering her infant daughter, novelist Rama (Kayije Kagame) finds herself shaken to the core by a case that proves to have profound resonances with her own life. Interweaving complex themes of mother-daughter bonds, immigrant alienation, and postcolonial trauma into a piercing portrait of two mysteriously connected women, Diop forgoes mere questions of guilt and innocence in order to plumb the unsettling unknowability of the human soul.

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  • France
  • 2022
  • 123 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
  • Spine #1212

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

    • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • New interviews with director Alice Diop
    • Conversation between Diop and author Hélène Frappat
    • Conversation between Diop and filmmaker Dee Rees from a 2023 episode of The Director’s Cut – A DGA Podcast
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Jennifer Padjemi

      New design by Michael Boland

      March 26, 2024
 
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And I just received the UK blu-ray today :biggrin: A fantastic drama. Of course I'll get the Criterion.



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Saw the Criterion blu-ray this evening. An astonishing film. I was completely mesmerised by the visuals - projected onto a large screen, the images of the faces are extraordinary; the picture is reference quality. And the excellent essay included with Criterion's disc makes this very powerful film even more thought-provoking: the film is based on a real-life 2013 case. And the amazing closing argument by the defence-attorney was lifted from the actual trial. As a gynaecologist/obstetrician, I can attest to the authenticity of the film. A much more riveting movie than Anatomy Of A Fall but very interesting to have two current French films concerning murder trials in the French legal system - with totally different approaches. Saint Omer is the one that will stick with me.
 

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