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Saint Frances (15)

Cast: Charin Alvarez, Kelly O'Sullivan, Braden Crothers
Genre: Comedy
Author(s): Kelly O'Sullivan
Director: Alex Thompson
Release Date: 03/07/2020 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 101mins
Country: US
Year: 2019

Bridget takes the agonising decision to end an unwanted pregnancy shortly before she lands a prime position as a nanny in an affluent suburb of Chicago. She is hired by Annie and Maya to take care of their bright and rambunctious six-year-old daughter, Frances. As Bridget integrates into the family, she witnesses growing tension between Frances' mothers and sacrifices personal relationships to forge a deep bond of trust with her obstinate young charge.


 

LondonNet Film Review
Saint Frances (15)

Life begins at 34 in director Alex Thompson’s award-winning comedy drama about a rudderless singleton, who confronts deep-rooted fears and insecurities after she fumbles her way into a position of responsibility caring for a six-year-old girl. Saint Frances coolly navigates hot button topics – abortion, postpartum depression, breastfeeding in public – with understated elegance and candour. The script, co-written by Thompson and lead actress Kelly O’Sullivan, revels in the minutiae of everyday life and, refreshingly, does not blow out of proportion the central character’s stumbles on her way to hard fought self-enlightenment. The menstrual blood-soaked aftermath of a one-night stand, which might be played for gross-out giggles or discomfort in clumsier hands, is a catalyst for genuine tenderness…

A potentially harrowing consultation about the termination of an unplanned pregnancy is casually punctuated by an ultrasound technician who asks, “Do you want to know if it’s twins?” Pacing is deliberately slow to allow contemplative words to breathe and the cast to fully inhabit richly drawn roles including a star-making turn from wunderkind Ramona Edith-Williams, who strikes a perfect balance between cuteness and precocity.

Bridget (O’Sullivan) is a restaurant waitress clamouring for direction in her uneventful life. “You’re in your 20s, it gets better,” a stranger assures her at a party. “Actually I’m 34,” coolly responds Bridget. The same night, she sleeps with nice guy Jace (Max Lipchitz) and falls pregnant. With Jace’s unwavering support, Bridget opts for a termination shortly before she attends an interview for the position of nanny in an affluent suburb of Chicago. Annie (Lily Mojekwu) and Maya (Charin Alvarez) are looking for someone to care for their bright, rambunctious daughter Frances (Edith-Williams).

The mothers are taken aback by Bridget’s unvarnished honesty when they probe her relationship with her older brother. “He has a job and a house and is very responsible. We don’t have a lot in common,” she responds. Bridget lands the job as a last-minute replacement for the preferred candidate and awkwardly integrates into the family. She witnesses tension between Frances’ mothers and forges a deep bond of trust with her obstinate charge, who asserts that it is better for an adult to read her a book because “hearing it helps my brain development”.

Saint Frances is a beautifully calibrated portrait of lives in chaotic motion, underpinned by sparkling on-screen rapport between O’Sullivan and scene-stealer Edith-Williams, particularly in a divine church confessional. Confident writing complements the uniformly excellent performances, cherishing the gradual development of the characters. “I don’t know why I’m crying. I’m an agnostic feminist!” remarks Bridget as she opens the floodgates to openly discuss her feelings. We know why we are crying – because Thompson’s picture trades unabashedly in raw emotion and we buy every heartfelt and bittersweet word.

– Jo Planter

 


London Cinemas Showing Saint Frances


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Clapham Picturehouse

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Crouch End Picturehouse

Fri/Tue-Thu 20:25; Sat 20:10; Sun 20:00; Mon 20:15

Curzon Bloomsbury

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Curzon Soho

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Curzon Victoria

Sat 16:30; Mon 19:30; Wed 18:15; Thu 13:15

East Dulwich Picturehouse

Fri 16:00; Sun 15:30

Fulham Road Picturehouse

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Greenwich Picturehouse

Fri/Thu 13:30 19:30 (Fri); Sat 12:50 18:50; Sun 12:50 16:00; Mon 14:15 19:30; Tue 16:30 19:30; Wed 14:40 19:10

Hackney Picturehouse

Fri-Wed 16:00 (Sun) 19:15

Picturehouse Central

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Ritzy Picturehouse

Fri/Sat/Mon/Tue 13:40 (Sat) 19:10; Sun 17:00 19:10; Wed 19:45; Thu 13:10

Stratford East Picturehouse

Fri/Sat/Mon/Tue/Thu 16:00 20:00 (Fri/Sat/Mon/Tue); Sun/Wed 13:00 20:00 (Sun)

West Norwood Picturehouse

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UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Saint Frances


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Arts Picturehouse

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Bromley Picturehouse

Fri-Sun 13:30 (Sat/Sun) 16:30 19:30; Mon 14:00 17:00 20:00; Tue 13:50 16:50 19:50; Wed 12:20 15:20 18:30; Thu 15:00 18:00

Cinema City Picturehouse

Fri/Sat 15:40 19:40 (Sat); Sun 12:00; Mon 19:50; Tue 16:00

City Screen Picturehouse

Fri 15:40; Sat 20:30; Sun 15:30; Mon 19:50; Tue/Wed 16:10

Exeter Picturehouse

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Harbour Lights Picturehouse

Fri 15:15 19:30; Sat-Mon 12:00 (Sat/Sun) 18:45; Tue 15:30 19:30; Wed/Thu 14:30

Komedia

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Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse

Fri-Sun/Wed 16:00 19:00 (Sun); Mon 19:00; Tue 16:45 19:15

Phoenix Picturehouse

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Picturehouse At FACT

Fri 14:15 18:30; Sat 16:00 20:10; Sun 12:45 18:40; Mon 14:00 18:40; Tue/Wed 14:00 18:30; Thu 14:00 16:00

Queen’s Film Theatre

Fri/Mon 20:50; Sat 15:00 21:00; Sun 14:30 20:30; Tue-Thu 18:00

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