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When asked why she killed her infant daughter, the accused, a young Senegalese-French woman – a PhD student writing on Wittgenstein – answers, “I don’t know. I hope this trial can help me understand.” What would compel such a shocking act, and why would an accomplished writer obsessively attend the woman’s trial? The complex mysteries at the heart of this absorbing, wholly original take on both the courtroom drama and the African immigrant experience, unfold like a Russian nesting doll of gazes and projections. Is the accused a liar, a victim, a sorceress, or all of the above? In her first fiction film, Senegalese-French documentarian Alice Diop uses her sharp eye for political realism to craft a captivating portrait of motherhood amid cultural isolation.
in French with subtitles • 122 minutes
Shortlisted for the 2023 Academy Award® for International Feature Film.
A complex and brilliant film… [Alice] Diop creates a wide-ranging and probing drama… to explore such critical matters as the nature of personal and national identity, the multigenerational traumas of migration, France’s ongoing political and cultural failures to reflect its ethnic and racial diversity, and, centrally, the very power of language to create images and to embody realities… [with] mightily inventive cinematic craft.
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Brilliant. Extraordinary. Spellbinding. A stunner of a narrative debut… probes the mysteries of the seen and the unseen. Supremely intelligent and haunting. With remarkable stealth and concentration, Diop rewires the generic circuitry of the courtroom drama, avoiding its natural inclination toward sensationalism and grandstanding.
– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times