Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: France | Year: 2019
Language(s): French | Time: 119 mins
Christmas night in Roubaix. Burnt out cars, violent altercations. Police chief Daoud roams the city. In the face of poverty, deception and distress, he knows who is lying and who is telling the truth. Fresh out of the police academy, Louis is young, awkward and easily misled. When Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an old woman, two young women are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers. Daoud will find a way to give two murderers back their humanity.
Arnaud Desplechin is a French film director and screenwriter, whose debut feature The Sentinel (1992) was screened at Cannes Film Festival. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most prestigious prizes, notably a Special Award for Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale (2008) at Cannes. In 2016, he won the César Award for Best Director for his film My Golden Days (2015).