When 17-year-old Lucas (Paul Kircher) finds his blithe teenage world suddenly shattered, his sense of self and place dissipates into overwhelming pain. As he turns inward, his worried mother (Juliette Binoche) finds it difficult to connect with, much less console, her once affectionate son. She agrees to send him to Paris to stay with his career-driven older brother (Vincent Lacoste) to help him find a way out of his despair. Left to his own devices and in search of solace, Lucas plunges into the sea of excitement, possibility, and anonymity of the city with near reckless abandon. Love and hope—the stakes of Christophe Honoré’s (Love Songs, Sorry Angel) stirring and profoundly personal tale could not be higher.
After an impulsive travel decision to visit friends, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. Freddie suddenly finds herself embarking on an unexpected journey in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new directions.
Acclaimed documentarian Alice Diop turns to narrative fiction with this powerful and subtly devastating courtroom drama. Traveling to the northern French town of Saint-Omer to research her new book, Rama observes the trial of Laurence Coly, a Senegalese woman accused of infanticide; Laurence has confessed to the crime but maintains her innocence, arguing that she was under the influence of powerful sorcerous magic at the time. The disturbing facts of the case, uncovered piece by piece, trigger in Rama a cascading flood of memories about her own childhood and mother. Nuanced and patient, this profound character study is also a poignant examination of cultural memory, inherited trauma, and unspoken violence.
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