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Aro Favourite Saint Omer

 

France 2022, 123 minutes
Dir. Alice Diop
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [M] Violence, offensive language & sexual violence references
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Courtroom

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures.

 

“A hypnotically absorbing film that challenges accepted ideas of perspective, of subjectivity and objectivity.”~Variety

Aroview: Inspired by real events, this devastating fictional drama from French-Senegalese director Alice Diop delivers a formally brilliant treatise on post-colonialism and the burdens of motherhood.

Guslagie Malanda is a mesmerizing presence as a recent migrant on trial for the murder of her infant baby, her tragic story told from the perspective of a novelist (Kayije Kagame) in attendance of the court proceedings who is reconciling her own issues around cultural displacement. Following “Anatomy of a Fall”, this coincides as another drama directed by a woman and set largely in a French courtroom that will leave you breathless.

NZ International Film Festival 2023

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