Dir: Alex Thompson
NR, 106min, USA, 2020
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.
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“Bridget is a 34 year-old trying to figure life out. It’s not going all that well. She gets an interview to be a babysitter for the titular Saint Frances, and thus we have the start of a beautiful friendship. The film features awkward sex, an abortion, a strained relationship with one of the lesbian mothers, and plenty more—but all of these matter of fact events make for an ingratiating and totally compelling journey of this woman’s growing sense of herself and her humanity and perhaps even an undiscovered love of children. One of the pure unadulterated joys of Saint Frances is Ramona Edith Williams, who plays young Frances with great heart and is one of the cutest kid actors to come along in some time. Recommended.”
— Michael Falter, Pickford Film Center Program Director
“Turns out there are a lot of things that have gone unsaid in movies until now, and “Saint Frances” goes there in a way that’s not only enlightening, but entertaining as well.”
— Peter DeBruge, Variety
“O’Sullivan (who makes her feature screenwriting debut while also leading the film, appearing in every scene), is a real find, the kind of “voice of a generation” talent who spends less time talking about her genius insight and more time simply delivering on it.”
— Kate Erbland, IndieWire