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Movie of the Day: Saint Omer (2022) by Alice Diop

Follows Rama, a novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly at the Saint-Omer Criminal Court to use her story to write a modern-day adaptation of the ancient myth of Medea, but things don't go as expected. Saint Omer takes off from this baffling contradiction, shining a sympathetic light on a woman too easily dismissed as a monster. Through the pained perspective of Rama, a successful novelist writing about the trial, we witness the reconstitution of Laurence as a subject for the Law. A student of Western philosophy, Laurence expresses herself in refined French with great lucidity and reserve. This seeming lack of difference, of otherness, proves to be an aporia for an array of discourses seeking to explain her away. 14 wins and 40 nominations international film festivals. Link IMDB: Link Review: Link to watch: available online 29Jan-5 Feb, IFFR 2023

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