Running Time: 106 min

Alex Thompson



Saint Frances
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Winner: Audience Award
Narrative Feature

SXSW 2019

Thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan, who also penned the script) is a col-lege dropout turned server, who is far more comfortable relaying every detail of her recent abortion than she is talking about her feelings. Uncomfortable around kids, unable to filter her thoughts, and preoccupied with her own prob-lems, she doesn’t exactly scream “nanny material.” Enter the rowdy yet irresisti-ble Frances (captivating newcomer Ramona Edith-Williams), a six year old from an upscale Chicago neighborhood that Bridget is tasked with babysitting for the summer. When Bridget eventually wins her over, they form a strong bond. But becoming a part of someone’s family is messy, and tensions rise as she be-comes entangled in the lives of Frances and her two moms.

Winner of the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Saint Frances is both a heartening story of an unlikely friendship and an illuminating look into girlhood, womanhood, and motherhood. As reproductive health continues to be under attack, it’s a refreshing and im-portant reminder of the human faces and stories behind the issue.
— Celeste Wong