Pendance Film Festival 2020: Our Review of ‘Saint Frances’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Movies, Pendance 2020, Theatrical by - February 20, 2020
Pendance Film Festival 2020: Our Review of ‘Saint Frances’

“You’ll be ok”. These are reassuring words that Annie (Lilly Mojekwu) and Maya (Charin Alvarez) tell Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan). She’s a babysitter for their child Frances (Ramona Edith Williams). Bridget isn’t so sure that she will be ok.

Bridget, after all, has her own issues interrupting her babysitting gig. She has an unexpected pregnancy and doesn’t mind fixing that problem. That’s despite of her boyfriend Jace (Max Lipchitz) supporting her throughout the abortion process.

Frances, on the other hand, is a growing child who needs someone like Bridget. That’s because of her behavioral, emotional, and intellectual needs. The movie, then, is less about a job and more about forging familial relationships.

This film brings an interesting spin to the ‘aimless millennial’ character study, as it presents worthy challenges to Bridget’s life. Bridget is constantly at work with her unconventional job, but her life doesn’t stop despite Frances’ constant presence.

Despite Bridget’s demanding job, the script, which O’Sullivan also wrote, has her branching out and having actual hobbies. This is unlike most films about people who find themselves constantly planning their way out of a dire situation.

Breathing life to the supporting characters, however, need some touch ups here. Some of these characters are basically archetypes. Like the smart aleck kid and parents who are inadvertently neglectful and repressing things they should say.

At least the first two acts have moments where characters have surprising reactions to the dialogue. But then the third act which is basically just one argument after another. Some of the lines here during these parts feel slightly preachy.

But thankfully, these arguments don’t ruin the movie. If anything, it does what it normally does in films like this where characters realize truths about themselves. This also shows a more realistic outlook on how change happens.

For more information on Saint Frances go to https://pendancefilmfestival.ca/saint-frances/.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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