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Saint Frances

Alex Thompson, USA 2019, 106’
Spectrum Competition Winner
Once Upon a River South Mountain

Bridget spends the night with a guy she met at a party, only to discover the next morning that she had started her period while they were having sex—there are traces of blood not only on the sheets but also on their faces. Embarrassed but not shocked, the casual lovers get down to the business of cleaning up the mess. The first few minutes herald the tone of the entire picture: Alex Thompson’s film features a combination of sincerity and levity that often produces a provocative effect. A somewhat confused thirtysomething named Bridget finds out that she’s pregnant and decides to have an abortion; she’s also starting work as a caretaker for little Frances, the determined daughter of a lesbian couple. This is not in the least a story about trauma, maternal instinct, or delayed puberty. Instead, we see a series of predominantly humorous scenes from the disordered life of a young woman on the border between Gen X and Gen Y. Thompson’s film won audience awards at the SXSW and LA Outfest festivals and a critics award at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris.

Piotr Mirski


Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2019 - Nagroda Krytyków; FF SXSW 2019 - Nagroda Publiczności, Specjalna Nagroda Jury

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson studied at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Like many other filmmakers at the start of their careers, he works variously as a director, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and producer. Saint Frances is his feature debut. In addition, he also works as a lecturer and runs a film club.

Selected filmography

2010 The Harder They Fall (short)

2011 Strange Loop (short)

2014 Calumet (short)

2018 Laundry Day (short)

2019 Święta Frances / Saint Frances

Cast & Crew

director Alex Thompson
screenplay Kelly O’Sullivan
cinematography Nate Hurtsellers
editing Alex Thompson
music Quinn Tsan, Alex Babbitt
cast Kelly O’Sullivan, Ramona Edith-Williams, Max Lipchitz, Charin Alvarez, Lily Mojekwu
producer Pierce Cravens, Ian Keiser, Eddie Linker, Alex Thompson, James Choi, Raphael Nash, Roger Welp
production Runaway Train
sales Visit Films
language English
coloration colour
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