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New American Cinema

SAINT FRANCES

Year 2019
Runtime 98 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere

After an accidental pregnancy turned abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year old she's charged with protecting.

After ending her pregnancy at the start of the summer, Bridget reluctantly accepts a much-needed job nannying a six-year old in affluent Evanston, Illinois. With no time to recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’ moms. As her personal relationships suffer, 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.

At turns hilarious, surprising and moving, Saint Frances forges new ground in a uniquely modern take on the “Summer Job" genre. Writer and lead actress Kelly O'Sullivan has created a wonderfully nuanced and complex character here - after all, while Bridget may not exactly be an easy character to 'like', we find ourselves rooting for her, wanting everything to work out for her. It's a marvelous piece of work, in an endlessly entertaining and endearing film.

Countries

United States
Festivals
SXSW Film Festival
Director
Alex Thompson
Executive Producer
Pierce Cravens, Rafael Nash
Producer
Edwin Linker, James Choi, Haroula Rose Spyropoulos, Roger Welp
Screenwriter
Kelly O’Sullivan
Cinematographer
Nate Hurtsellers
Music
Quinn Tsan
Cast
Kelly O'Sullivan, Ramona Edith Williams, Charin Alvarez, Lily Mojekwu, Alex Babbitt