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Alice Diop

Saint Omer

Director Alice Diop Cast Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga, Aurélia Petit
122' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: French
Documentary filmmaker Alice Diop makes her fiction debut with Saint Omer. By far the most exciting courtroom drama in years.
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.
Saint Omer is built around its clever handle on notions of suppression: suppression of information; feelings; certainty. Lauded documentarian Alice Diop’s first foray into fiction filmmaking carefully curates what is shown and what is not, as it toys with the viewer’s expectations by delaying character introductions, floating unclaimed voices into the frame, and focusing on half-truths turned whole by the human inclination to turn speculation into fact. Based on the real-life case of Fabienne Kabou, a French-Senegalese Philosophy student who killed her 15-month-old daughter by leaving her to drown on a beach in northern France, the film takes place almost entirely inside a solemn courtroom.” - Little White Lies

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Alice Diop


Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanga, Aurélia Petit


Alice Diop, Marie N'Diaye, Amrita David

Director of Photography

Claire Mathon


Amrita David


Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral

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Srab Films vorm


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Alice Diop
La Tour du Monde (2005), Clichy pour l'Exemple (2006), Les Sénégalaises et la Sénégauloise (2007), La Mort de Danton (2011), Towards Tenderness (short, 2016), La Permanence (2016), We (2022), Saint Omer (2022)