SAINT OMER FILM. “Saint Omer”, the film which represents France at the Oscars 2023, was released in cinemas on November 23, 2022. He returns to a terrible news item.
[Mis à jour le 23 novembre 2022 à 10h51] Holy Omer is a film to follow very closely. After obtaining the Silver Lion at the last Venice Film Festival, this drama directed by Alice Diop was chosen to represent France at the 2023 Oscars. Before knowing if the American Academy has retained it in the category ” Best international film”, the feature film must receive the approval of the spectators. It is, in fact, part of the cinema releases of November 23, 2022. Saint-Omer is inspired by a true story and a tragic news item: that of Fabienne Kabou, renamed Laurence Coly in the film.
In 2013, she left her 15-month-old daughter on a beach in Berck-sur-Mer, at high tide. The toddler drowned, discovered by fishermen in the early morning. The trail quickly turns to the mother, who had arrived at a hotel the day before with the child, but who had paid the price of the room without her baby. Fabienne Kabou confesses the facts, claiming to be the victim of a voodoo spell, and finds herself indicted for murder. While a psychiatric expertise specifies that she probably suffers from paranoia psychosis, she is tried in 2016 before the Assize Court of Saint-Omer. After appealing the first court decision, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Synopsis – Writer, Rama goes to the Assize Court of Saint-Omer to follow the trial of Laurence Coly, a thirty-year-old accused of having put an end in a sordid way to the days of her fifteen-month-old daughter. On the spot, Rama wavers in the face of the declarations of this woman of Senegalese origin, like her, and who seems unable to free herself from her demons. Although endowed with an intelligence quotient above normal, Laurence does not manage to move away from the weight of the traditions of her native country despite years spent in France. She claims to have wanted to shorten the suffering of a little girl who came into the world under bad auspices…