Alice Diop

Saint Omer

Saint Omer

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.

Film Info

  • 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 and archival 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

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Mar 26, 2024

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New and archival 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
Saint Omer
Cast
Kayije Kagame
Rama
Guslagie Malanda
Laurence Coly
Valérie Dréville
Investigating judge
Aurélia Petit
Councilor Vaudenay
Xavier Maly
Luc Dumontet
Robert Cantarella
Prosecuting attorney
Salimata Kamate
Odile Diatta
Thomas de Pourquery
Adrien
Credits
Director
Alice Diop
Written by
Alice Diop
Written by
Amrita David
Written by
Marie NDiaye
Script consultant
Zoé Galeron
Cinematography by
Claire Mathon
Edited by
Amrita David
Sound by
Dana Farzanehpour
Sound by
Lucile Demarquet
Sound by
Josefina Rodriguez
Sound by
Emmanuel Croset
Produced by
Toufik Ayadi
Produced by
Christophe Barral