Dir. Arnaud Desplechin, 2019, France. 119 min. Color, DCP.
With Roschdy Zem, Léa Seydoux, Sara Forestier
In French with English subtitles
Cannes Film Festival 2019
New York Film Festival 2019
César Awards 2019: Roschdy Zem, Best Actor
Arnaud Desplechin’s film noir, based on a true murder case, follows police Captain Daoud (Roschdy Zem) as he investigates the fatal strangulation of a poor, elderly woman in her apartment. The drug and alcohol-addicted neighbors with a complicated interpersonal bond, Claude (Léa Seydoux) and Marie (Sara Forestier), are the most obvious suspects.
A captivating character study and a superb thriller, Oh Mercy! is also an homage to Roubaix, the city in Northern France where the filmmaker grew up and the location of several of his films.
“Oh Mercy is clearly the film where writer/director Arnaud Desplechin explicitly comes to terms with the world, and he does so in a very personal way.” — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
“Arnaud Desplechin evinces a glancing touch with showing how social tension and need inform law and crime.” — Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
Video: Introduction by filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin