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OH MERCY!

by Arnaud Desplechin

synopsis

Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burnt out cars, violent altercations… In the face of poverty, deception and distress, Daoud knows who is lying and who is telling the truth. Fresh out of the police academy, Louis has recently joined Daoud’s crew. Young, awkward and easily misled, he constantly misunderstands those he encounters. Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an old woman. The old woman’s neighbours – two young women, Claude and Marie – are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers… With words, rising beyond the horror of their crime, Daoud will find a way to give two murderers back their humanity.

international title: Oh Mercy!
original title: Roubaix, une lumière
country: France
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
film run: 120'
screenplay: Arnaud Desplechin, Léa Mysius
cast: Roschdy Zem, Léa Seydoux, Sara Forestier, Antoine Reinartz
music: Grégoire Hetzel
producer: Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat
co-producer: Olivier Père
production: Why Not Productions, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: CNC (FR)
distributor: Le Pacte
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