At the start of the summer, Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in an affluent Chicago suburb - nannying six-year old Frances (played by the scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). 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. Written by actor Kelly O’Sullivan (and directed by her partner, Alex Thompson) Saint Frances effortlessly illustrates how refreshing and illuminating it is, to encounter more movies created by women. Candid, insightful, and compassionate, it’s also bloody funny.
"Funny and heart-warming; revelatory and touching… One of the best movies of the year." Film Inquiry
"The missing link between Bridesmaids and Roma…" Charlotte O’Sullvan, The London Evening Standard
"It’s funny and heart-warming; revelatory and touching; and most of all, it’s a rare miracle and one of the best movies of the year."
Reyzando Nawara, Film Inquiry
Kelly O'Sullivan, Ramona Edith Williams
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